Sheffield City Council leaders have revealed they are at a critical point in a two year consultation process which has helped shape plans for the future of the site of the former Abbeydale Grange School and the Bannerdale Centre.

Plans are expected to be revealed imminently for the Millhouses sites which have been drawn up following widespread consultation with local people with proposals tweaked to reflect concerns.

Ben Curran Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources said:

“Our priority is to provide high quality new housing to make the most of this site, which also brings other benefits to the local community.

“While two areas of the site have been earmarked for new housing, we are working with the local community to improve the open spaces, sports pitches and ancient woodland around the site.

“We’ve always been keen to support local groups in their efforts to improve the quality of the areas that will not be developed, for example working with groups on community planting of trees and bluebells.”

He added the next step will be to apply for outline planning permission for around 100 new homes to be developed across the two areas of the site, including some affordable homes, prior to the land being sold for private development. The application will be submitted later this month, and the public will be able to comment on the proposals as part of the statutory consultation. There will also be further consultation opportunities when the detailed planning application is submitted by the developer.

Cllr Nikki Bond, local councillor for Nether Edge Ward added:

“I’m glad that the council have engaged local residents, community groups and other key stakeholders during the process. They have had a large influence over the process, and the council’s plans have taken their concerns and suggestions on board.”