Castlegate transformation set for approval

18 July 2014

Approval is set to be given for work to regenerate the Castlegate area of Sheffield, dubbed "one of the most ambitious and visionary urban transformation projects in the country".

The 'Grey to Green' project will seek to transform a 1.3 km corridor linking Riverside Business District and Castlegate to the rest of the city centre into green space.

Cllr Leigh Bramall, the Sheffield City Council's cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: "It is intended to transform the riverside area of the city into a green environment suitable for expanding business and hotel development.

"It's an area that will not only link the city centre with Victoria Quays and The Wicker, but also provide an attractive green space to complement the local businesses and make it an attractive location for further investment.

"The potential tourism benefits of opening up the former castle site are really exciting and something I know many local people would like to happen. It's an important part of our plans to make greater use of the city's rivers for their leisure and environmental assets."

The council said the scheme has received "strong support" from businesses and the public. It forms part of the package of measures in the city centre's Sheffield City Region Investment Fund (SCRIF) submission as well as a current European Regional Development Fund submission.

Council leader Julie Dore is expected to give the project the go-ahead in the next few days.