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Steel City urban extensions mooted

by on November 12, 2015

Sheffield City Council this week started preliminary consultations on its new development plan which includes the possibility of providing thousands of new homes in a series of urban extensions.

The Sheffield Plan will cover the whole area of the so-called steel city except for the area in the Peak Park) and will consider development options up to 2034. It will replace the current core strategy which was adopted in 2009.

Under consideration as part of this exercise is a report from prize-winning consultancy Urbed which has recommended that some 100,000 new homes are built in and around the Sheffield conurbation including 30,000 outside existing built-up areas.

The report claimed that around 32,000 homes could be accommodated on existing brownfield land in the area and on brownfield land that was likely to become available over the 20-year plan period. It also suggested that a further 18,000 homes could be created through urban intensification, including the reuse of car parks, the subdivision of large homes and increasing the density of council estates.

The report proposed that the Neepsend and Attercliffe neighbourhoods could be returned to residential use. These areas are currently mainly in low density commercial use.

The report also stressed that consideration should be given to the creation of large urban extensions in Mosborough, Waverley, Bassingthorpe, Oughtibridge and Stocksbridge. These could accommodate some 25,000 homes, the report said.

It also made the case for creating a joint development corporation for Sheffield and Rotherham, with powers to plan development, borrow money and compulsorily purchase land.

View more information on the Sheffield plan

Roger Milne

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