Transformational plans for Castlegate to go to ‘crucial’ public consultation

by | Nov 3, 2022 | Community, News | 0 comments

Plans for Castlegate’s re-establishment as a vital part of the city centre will go to public consultation from 7 November.

Using the government’s Levelling Up Fund, Sheffield City Council plans to create a new public space in Castlegate which focuses on heritage, culture and sustainability.

Cllr Mazher Iqbal, Co-Chair of the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee, said: “Public consultation is crucial to this process, ensuring the project delivered meets the needs and expectations of those who will benefit from it. 

“We’re passionate about bringing Castlegate back to the thriving hub of activity it used to be, with green spaces and opportunities for all.”

The plans would see the site transformed with new ‘grey to green’ type planting, footpaths, a community events space and a de-culverted River Sheaf.

A concept plan design for the proposals in Castlegate

Carolyn Butterworth, from the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, said: “Castlegate is a fascinating place. It may appear rundown and neglected, but it is rich in hostorical and social history.”

The site was once home to Sheffield Castle and Castle Market but is currently boarded up and in a derelict state.

She said: “I’m excited our students’ work has influenced Castlegate’s proposed new public space and I encourage everyone to share their ideas for this and for Castlegate more widely.”

Details on how residents can provide their feedback on the ‘Concept Plan’ vision, either in-person or online, can be found here.

A planning application for the Castle Site will be made in early 2023, with construction starting in summer 2023 and the new public space completing in spring 2024.