Green light for first phase of landmark mixed-use regeneration

Developer Citu has secured planning permission for phase one of the Attercliffe Waterside urban regeneration scheme in Sheffield.

The 23-acre brownfield site is owned by Sheffield City Council and straddles either side of Sheffield and Tinsley Canal. It has been derelict for years.

Around 1,000 homes will be delivered in three phases across the scheme, complemented by leisure opportunities and creative workspaces.

Phase one – which includes 362 homes, public realm, a new pedestrian bridge across the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, and the repurposing of existing buildings – was approved by Sheffield City Council’s Planning and Highways Committee this week.

The first phase on the north side of the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal will form the heart of the new district, with work expected to begin this autumn on the leisure and commercial elements, ahead of construction of the first homes on site.

Six existing historic buildings will be reimagined at the centre of the new neighbourhood that will include a café, bar, bakery, restaurant, offices and multi-purpose venue.

A public and commercial square will also be created, alongside a series of south-facing courtyards and walkways down to the canal.

The pedestrian and cycling footbridge will connect phase one to the south side of the river, opening up the community to Sheffield’s wider East End, additional green space and a tram stop for easy access to the city centre.

The first homes to be built on the site will consist of three and four-bedroom townhouses and one and two-bedroom apartments, all constructed using Citu’s timber-framed housing system.

Houses will be constructed on a podium which sits above an under-croft car park, with plans to remove cars from specific stretches of Effingham Road which will be replaced with pedestrianisation, public realm and a cycle lane.

Chris Thompson, founder and co-director from Citu, said: “It’s an area steeped in history and our plans have been inspired by the heritage industries that were powered by the waterways running through it.

“The area presents huge opportunities from its location alongside the canal and the River Don, with green space, the Olympic Legacy Park and easy access to the city centre by tram in just ten minutes

“We are creating a new community in this beautiful waterside location that will have its own identity; one that pays homage to the area’s rich history but that adapts the landscape to address the various challenges of our day, not least the climate emergency.

Councillor Ben Miskell, chair of the transport, regeneration and climate committee, added: “The Attercliffe Waterside development is a tremendously ambitious project but one we are incredibly excited about and, working with Citu, are really looking forward to seeing it start to take shape very soon.

“The development will breathe new life into the area and it will be the residents who will give it that true sense of community, while benefiting from living in one of the largest low carbon neighbourhoods in the UK.”

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