Council calls on residents to help shape future of Sheffield neighbourhood

Gleadless Valley from above, late 1960s.
Gleadless Valley from above, late 1960s.
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People will be able to share their vision for the future of a Sheffield neighbourhood in a consultation later this year.

Sheffield Council is putting together a masterplan to revitalise Gleadless Valley.

The authority has secured a Government grant of £515,000 to help gather information and draw up a proposal. But key to that, it says, is getting the views of residents.

The council has this week revealed that a consultation on the scheme will take place in the autumn.

Director of the housing and neighbourhoods service Janet Sharpe said: “We’ve won extra money from Government to develop a masterplan for Gleadless Valley.

“But this is not just about improving housing on the estate, but also creating more opportunities for people, encouraging investment, and helping businesses to grow.

“The area is in a perfect position geographically – close to the city centre, yet also on the edge of beautiful countryside and woodland.

“We want Gleadless Valley to become a vibrant place where people want to live, while also improving housing, services and facilities in the area for current and future residents.”

Gleadless Valley, like many Sheffield housing estates, was built in the 1950s and 1960s and once was celebrated for its design and quality.

But is now looking tired in some areas, and the council hopes to give it a facelift.

When The Star spoke to residents in April, they put places for children and teenagers to spent time, improvements to shops and making the area safer top of the list.

Ms Sharpe added: “The first few months of any masterplan involves gathering information so this is what we’re doing, before we talk to local people about the work.

“Once we have completed our information gathering we will be working with the Gleadless Valley tenants and residents association to launch a consultation.

“No decisions have been made about the future of Gleadless Valley, but we are really pleased that it has been recognised as an area that is working but will also benefit from improvements.”

Residents and community groups are encouraged to register their interest in working with the council to gather information about the area by emailing consultgleadlessvalley@sheffield.gov.uk.