Sheffield Council Launches 20 By 20 Campaign

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Sheffield Council Launches 20 By 20 Campaign

Sheffield Council Launches 20 By 20 Campaign

Sheffield City Council has compiled a list of 20 privately owned listed buildings – its Heritage 20 by 20 campaign – which it wants to see brought back into use by next year, either to serve as housing or for some other purpose.

Although some buildings that have been included in the list, like the Farfield Inn on Neepsend, have been sold, planners are now waiting for construction to begin so they can be removed.

The rundown includes an abandoned church, which was once the former Wadsley Asylum, as well as a pub dating back to the 1750s that survived two local flooding incidents. There’s also Middlewood Church in Wadsley and the former Loxley Chapel on Loxley Road, which have been abandoned for quite some time, suffering fires, as well as other damage.

It’s hoped that by releasing the list, new interest will be sparked in these sites, potentially creating up to 300 homes around the city.

Cabinet member for development at the local authority councillor Jack Scott had this to say about the list: “We are no different from other major cities in having a number of buildings at risk but our register has gone down from around 60 three years ago to around 30 now – and we’ve identified 20 that we want to get off the list and back into use.

“I am determined that we’ll do everything possible to protect our city’s special and unique heritage and taking action on these buildings is a really important start.”

Conservation officer Zoe Mair made further comments, saying that many of the buildings on the list form a rich part of Sheffield’s history and work has already been carried out on other sites in the last few years, such as the development of the former post office headquarters as the Sheffield Institute of Arts and Ebenezer Chapel as private houses.

This isn’t all that’s going on in the city in terms of construction, of course, and back in November last year it was revealed that outline planning for the redevelopment of Midcity House in the city centre had been granted.

Once in pride of place, this will be the tallest building in the city, containing a mix of residential spaces and shops. At the moment, the site is occupied by a four-storey building on the corner of Union Street, Furnival Gate and Pinstone Street, according to the Construction Enquirer.

The upper floors of the building will be made up of private rental flats, with the lower ones reserved for retail units. Councillors have approved the application as long as detailed plans are submitted in the next three years and that no development work takes place until all details have been fully provided.

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