Plan makes gains in Sheffield neighbourhood

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Turning the centre of Broomhill into a retail destination, reducing the impact of traffic and reclaiming space for small parks are among the aims of a ‘neighbourhood plan’ which is gaining momentum in south-west Sheffield suburbs.

The BBEST group - Broomhill, Broomfield, Endcliffe, Summerfield and Tapton - has mapped out an area stretching from Ranmoor student village to Weston Park, which would be covered by a blueprint setting out the type of development community members want to see.

Earlier this year the group won permission from Sheffield Council to be designated a neighbourhood forum - part of the first stage of putting the plan in place.

Since then, five themes have emerged from discussions - enhancing green and open spaces; maintaining a sustainable and balanced community; boosting the retail centre of Broomhill; offering a better experience for walkers and cyclists; and preserving and enhancing the area’s character.

The group will also use these policies as the foundation for several projects.

There is an ambition to create a ‘community hub’ at volunteer-run Broomhill Library, which would involve making better use of empty rooms to hold more events, and to develop the role of a community gardener.

Together with Sheffield University, group members also want to pursue the ‘boulevard project’, which would involve extending the pedestrian ‘gold route’ from the railway station through the city centre up to Fulwood.

A meeting is taking place on Saturday from 3pm at the Beacon Methodist Church in Broomhill, to agree the plan’s contents before a draft is prepared for further consultation.

Once the blueprint is finalised a public referendum will be held, probably in early 2017, on whether it should be officially adopted.

Kath O’Donovan, BBEST’s secretary, said there had been ‘a lot of interest’ in the plan.