The document sets out areas for housing and employment land. Credit: SCC

Sheffield to submit draft local plan

Full council has endorsed amendments, meaning a planning inspector will now run the rule over how the city intends to guide development in the years to 2039.

The submission of the draft local plan to government follows a consultation process earlier this year, as Sheffield asked for further public input on its thinking around the Local Plan.

Should the draft plan pass muster and be adopted, it would provide a context for planning decisions and in guiding development and investment in future years, giving guidance on the most fitting areas for housing of all types and for employment development, as well as setting out expectations and standards around sustainability and transport.

Cllr Ben Miskell, chair of Sheffield’s transport, regeneration and climate policy committee, said: “It is fantastic to see Sheffield making progress on its Local Plan, providing us with a much-needed guide for the future of our city. The Plan sets out an ambitious vision for Sheffield – including more close-knit city communities, development of underused brownfield land, high-quality housing and protecting the green belt.

“If implemented, it would provide Sheffield with a plan for where new homes can be built for future generations, where employment sites can be located and help the city meet its climate and nature recovery commitments – developing a city which is accessible, inclusive and suitable for every resident.”

Once the government receives the draft plan, it will appoint a planning inspector to consider the proposals. Objections will be invited and public hearings held, likely in early 2024.

Following the hearings, the Inspector will publish their report, including recommendations on any modifications that they consider are necessary. Further public consultation will take place on the modifications before the inspector finalises their report and the Council decides whether to adopt the plan.

Sheffield hopes to receive the Inspector’s final report by autumn 2024 and adopt the plan by December 2024.

The council said that its vision is for Sheffield “to be an economically stronger, fairer, more inclusive and sustainable city with thriving neighbourhoods and a distinct urban and rural identity”.

Key numbers included ibn the plan are the creation of 43,000 new jobs and to support housing within easy reach of employment areas, and to deliver 35,530 homes over the period.

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