Decision details

City Centre Strategic Vision

Decision Maker: Co-operative Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes


Sheffield’s City Centre is entering an exciting period of transformation. In a post pandemic world, the City Centre Strategic Vision will help guide future regeneration to ensure Sheffield is an inclusive, resilient, competitive yet distinctive place with a green agenda and its people at the heart.




The report provided a summary of consultation responses from the 5-week public engagement (called ‘Our City Centre’) and set out how the City Centre Strategic Vision has been adjusted to take account of the public’s views and sought approval for the final version of City Centre Strategic Vision for Sheffield.




RESOLVED: That Co-operative Executive:-



  1. Notes the City Centre consultation responses and proposed adjustments to the City Centre Strategic Vision; and


  1. Approves the City Centre Strategic Vision for publication. 




Reasons for Decision




The approval of the City Centre Strategic Vision, which has received clear support through public and stakeholder consultation and taken on the views of Sheffield’s people and businesses, will form the basis for new development and investment geared towards improving opportunities for all.  The 10 guiding principles in the Vision summarise the actions that are required to bring the City Centre Strategic Vision to life.




The intended outcome is to start to realise the full potential of the City Centre Strategic Vision, and the following short term next steps will be progressed to ensure this:


1. Priority Neighbourhoods: Preparation of Masterplans and outline design principles to help shape 5 new distinctive neighbourhoods and to guide future development in these areas.

2. Delivery Plan: To enable key sites to be brought forward for delivery that will catalyse regeneration in their respective priority neighbourhoods.

3. City Centre Investment Prospectus: Building on point 1 and 2, this will clearly articulate the investment opportunities available within Sheffield’s Central Area.




The outputs of the City Centre Strategic Vision and the next steps outlined in paragraph 6.2 will form a significant part of the emerging Sheffield Local Plan, a key piece of evidence to shape planning policy and site allocations.  The outputs will act as interim guidance and support for city centre development and help guide decisions on planning applications pending adoption of the Sheffield Local Plan.




In addition, the Council will be working hard to bring forward the improvements at key city centre sites such as Fargate & High Street, Castlegate and the former John Lewis Store using the feedback and views from the public engagement.




Alternatives Considered and Rejected




The alternative option would be not to produce a City Centre Strategic Vision.  However, given the need for the city centre’s continued regeneration in the light of retail re-structuring and other economic challenges along with the need to address the delivery of more homes in Sheffield, the need to deliver a strategy outweighs the option not to deliver one.




Any Interest Declared or Dispensation Granted








Reason for Exemption if Public/Press Excluded During Consideration








Respective Director Responsible for Implementation




Executive Director, Place




Relevant Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee If Decision Called In




Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee



Report author: Michael Johnson

Publication date: 18/03/2022

Date of decision: 16/03/2022

Decided at meeting: 16/03/2022 - Co-operative Executive

Effective from: 25/03/2022

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