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Castlegate, Sheffield Property Association and City Goals

Update from Martin McKervey, Chair of the Sheffield Property Association, Chair of the Castlegate Partnership  and a Non-Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber



The Committee received a presentation from Martin McKervey, Chair of the Sheffield Property Association (SPA). He explained that the SPA was formed seven years ago, and was the only property organisation outside of London. It brought together businesses in Sheffield that were committed to improving Sheffield’s built environment, to make it a great place for everyone that lived, worked or socialised there, and to support and celebrate Sheffield. The SPA consisted of the Board of Directors and working groups that worked on a voluntary basis. Homes England had partnered with Sheffield City Council, the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, key local housing associations and the SPA to develop a strategic long-term and place-based relationship to accelerate the delivery of new homes in Sheffield, and to facilitate collaboration between the public and private sector via the Sheffield Housing Growth Forum. The SPA had also been supporting Sheffield City Council with the new draft Local Plan, the Gateway to Sheffield, the regeneration of Castlegate and Attercliffe, and Sheffield City Goals. One of the SPA’s proudest achievements had been to shape and define a new Culture Compact for the city, involving Sheffield City Council, the two Sheffield universities, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and various cultural organisations, supported by the Arts Council England, and to create a vibrant and welcoming city. The SPA also worked with the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce to help young people in schools and communities to overcome barriers and develop career opportunities, and to tackle environmental and cost of living challenges. In early 2024, the SPA would be using a Thought Leadership report to promote a conversation around what Sheffield city centre should look like. Mr McKervey added that, although not originally from Sheffield, he had made Sheffield his home and was very proud of what Sheffield had done for him, and he was pleased with the opportunities that had been provided to him via his role at the SPA.




The Chair thanked Mr McKervey for attending, and advised those present that he would be facilitating a session during the breakout discussions.