Campaign launched to save Sheffield’s historic buildings

Sheffield city council has launched a campaign for the people of Sheffield to work together to reduce the buildings at risk list.

The council has drawn up a list comprising of 20 privately-owned listed buildings for public release. Cabinet member for development at SCC Jack Scott has reassured that the aim of the campaign is not to “name and shame owners” but to highlight the potential of these buildings, which “If done correctly, these buildings could provide more than 300 new homes across the city.”

Included on the list is Middlewood Church in Wadsley and the former Loxley Chapel, which have been desolate for years, along with a pub from the 1750s which has endured two Sheffield floods.

Loxley Church

Whilst the council is aware that in some cases plans are expected, it still needs to hear from developers in order to remove them from the list.

Jack Scott continued: “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.”

Conservation officer at Sheffield city council Zoe Mair added: “We have a proven record of success in restoring derelict buildings as a glance at our list of a few years ago would demonstrate. In the last few years we have helped to develop the former post office headquarters as Sheffield Institute of Arts, Ebenezer Chapel as private houses and Jaywing as a private business.”

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