Sheffield council leaders rubber-stamp sale of Mount Pleasant

Jonny Douglas outside the Mount Pleasant building
Jonny Douglas outside the Mount Pleasant building
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Leaders at Sheffield City Council have noted a report into a controversial plan to sell the Mount Pleasant building in Sharrow Lane to a care home provider.

Entrepreneurs Pennie Raven and Jonny Douglas had hoped to transform Mount Pleasant into a community development, and the decision to sell the premises was subsequently called-in by members.
The Heart of Sharrow project would have seen social enterprise Avenues to Zero take on the site on a 250-year lease, with the works funded by socially-minded investors.
The council's economic and environmental wellbeing scrutiny and policy development committee considered the call in last month and interviewed Cabinet Member for Finance Councillor Olivia Blake, who had first proposed the site be sold to the Hermes Care group instead.
However, the committee is recommending that no action is taken in relation to the call-in decision.
A meeting of Sheffield City Council’s cabinet today (Wednesday, April 18) heard that a meeting had now taken place with members of the Avenues of Zero project and that other avenues were being explored.
In February, a statement issued by Mr Douglas and Ms Raven said: "The purpose of this tender for the sale/ disposal of Mount Pleasant was to select a preferred developer to work with to ensure the best use of this vital community and heritage asset, and we do not see how a care home for private profit over our 'for the community' scheme can be justified."
Council leader Julie Dore said: “I want to thank the members of the public and Avenues of Zero for taking part in the consultation process.”