A population on the move

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Parts of Sheffield have experienced a population growth of almost 50 per cent in the last decade, according to new statistics.

The number of adults aged 18 or over in Central Ward has grown by 43 per cent, while major increases of 12 per cent have occurred in Burngreave and 9 per cent in Darnall ward, which includes Tinsley.

But populations in outlying areas have fallen, with a 9 per cent decrease in Birley, and 6 per cent falls in Dore and Totley and Graves Park.

The population in Arbourthorne, Beighton and Richmond has fallen 7 per cent, Manor Castle and Woodhouse by 6 per cent, and Mosborough by 4 per cent.

The percentages have been revealed by the Local Government Boundary Commission, which is currently reviewing Sheffield’s council wards to ensure all 28 areas are of equal size.

The last review was carried out more than a decade ago, with wards changed in 2004.

A report by the commission says the huge change in Central has mainly been caused by a ‘dramatic growth in student population’ as new apartment blocks have been built.

As a result, in traditional student areas populations have fallen.

The number of adults living in Broomhill has fallen 6 per cent, while there has been a 4 per cent decrease in Crookes and Nether Edge.

Populations in Stocksbridge, Stannington, Firth Park, Fulwood, Shiregreen and Brightside and East and West Ecclesfield have remained largely the same or recorded slight increases.

There have been small declines in Hillsborough and Southey.

The large increases in Burngreave and Darnall wards are partly down to higher birth rates in recent years – with more population growth predicted – which is leading to investment in two new primary schools and plans for a new ‘through’ primary and secondary school at the Don Valley Stadium site.

Sheffield Council said recommended changes to wards will have to be approved by councillors before they can be implemented.

Sheffield’s 550,000 population is due to grow to about 600,000 in the next decade.


Demographic change in wards

43% Growth in the number of adults in Central Ward. Large growth also in Burngreave and Darnall.

-9% Biggest decrease in population, recorded in Birley ward.
30% Of Sheffield wards have had a major change in population.