20-year plan agreed to transform Sheffield city centre

17 March 2022

A new plan for the future of Sheffield city centre is set to be agreed and will see the development of a host of new homes, shops and restaurants Sheffield City Council says.

A majority of the 1500 people that responded to the proposals in the Council’s City Centre Vision agreed on the different sectors that the Council wanted to focus on.

These include: quality green spaces, health and wellbeing, inclusive neighbourhoods and new homes, culture, heritage, leisure, retail and sustainability.

The public were asked their opinions on proposals for the future of the former John Lewis site, High Street, Fargate and Castlegate; and work has already began on implementing schemes in the latter two areas.

Artist’s impression of what Fargate could look like under the plans

Cllr Mazher Iqbal, Executive Member for City Futures: Development, Culture and Regeneration, said: “Creating this shared Vision for the future of the city centre is a major step forward for Sheffield and will help us to make sure that our city continues to thrive for years to come.”

“This has been a really good opportunity to hear what people think about our city centre and to get residents and businesses involved in shaping our next steps together.  We will continue to deliver fantastic new developments that reflect what people really need and want.”

The Vision will build on work already implemented across the city, including the £470million Heart of the City scheme.

Consultation over the John Lewis site showed a clear preference to replace the building with a smaller one to include some outdoor space.

To make sure any such project has a head-start, the Council will be removing asbestos from the building starting in May and this is scheduled to finish by the end of the year.

Artist’s impression of what the plans could make Castlegate look like

 

 

Written by Joel Summers

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