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Important Information on Sheffield's Future Housing Plans

August 20, 2020 9:34 AM
By Richard Williams

Consultation on Sheffield's 15-year Housing Plan

Sheffield City Council's formal consultation on its plan for building 40,000 new homes will run from Tuesday, 1st September to the Tuesday, 13th October 2020. It is your opportunity to comment on the Options and Issues facing housing development (and all other types of development such as employment and transport) both in the city and in particular your area.

The plan proposes three options:

Option A - all development to be in the City and Urban Area, with between 250 and 750 homes in the Green Belt, but only on land previously developed

Option B - 5,000 homes in the Green Belt with the remainder in the City and Urban Area

Option C - 10,000 homes in the Green Belt with the remainder in the City and Urban Area

We have long campaigned as Liberal Democrats to protect our green fields and green spaces, and through our opposition to the 2015 plan which would have seen large parts of our precious Green Belt given over to housing development, we forced Sheffield City Council to think again. The result is three clear choices on the way forward. Only one choice - Option A - ensures that all available brownfield development is fully utilised, with minimal impact on the Green Belt.

The Green Belt housing developments in Options B and C would be "a small number of large Green Belt sites - each would be of a sufficient scale to enable a new sustainable, walkable, neighbourhood to be created". In other words, large scale housing developments of many hundreds of houses covering dozens of acres of Green Belt land.

We want to encourage everyone to have their say on the proposals, and you will find more information at https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/planning-development/emerging-sheffield-plan-draft. The key document is the "Sheffield Plan - Issues and Options" and there are further details such as the Land Availability Assessment and Green Belt Review which provide more information on how the plans will affect our area.