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Council seeks views on city centre living: Survey responses will inform new masterplan

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Photo from Sheffield City Council, (courtesy of XU Dong Photography).

Sheffield City Council is asking residents to share their experiences of living in the city centre.

A consultation, which is open until 25 March, will look at "perceptions of the area and what changes could be made to make it a neighbourhood of choice for more people."

"Nearly 30,000 people already live in our city centre and we want to know what could be done to encourage more people to join them," said Cllr Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability.

"As Sheffield and its economy continue to grow, it is incredibly important that we ensure that the right kind of homes are created for people in our city."

The results will inform the development of a new Central Area Strategy, part of a larger Local Plan which will guide city development until 2038.

Originally due in 2019, the publication of the latest Local Plan has been delayed until June 2023 because of changes in national policy.

Nearly 30,000 people already live in our city centre

The Council have appointed global accounting and auditing firm Deloitte as consultants for the Central Area Strategy. The company has faced criticism for what The Guardian call "lax auditing of companies, anticompetitive practices and conflicts of interest."

According to the Council, the Strategy will focus on "creating lower carbon, efficient buildings served by good public transport links and active travel routes such as cycle lanes and pedestrianised zones."

It will also explore how the city centre can become carbon neutral to meet the Council's goal of 2030.

Sam Gregory

Complete the consultation online by 23 March.

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The city centre area for the consultation and strategy.

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