Scheme first of kind in UK

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A SCHEME to encourage developers to press ahead with city centre projects by waiving their requirement to help fund public improvement projects is the first of its kind in the country, Sheffield Council has revealed.

The authority is lifting the requirements for the next 12 months for small and medium schemes completed within 18 months of obtaining planning permission.

Sheffield Council leader Paul Scriven said: “We are committed to helping local businesses get the local economy going again. This is a unique scheme in the UK - and will be a great boost.”

Normally, developers have to pay towards improving roads, footpaths and other public facilities in the surrounding area.

The council scheme is limited so large-scale projects are not included.