Budget Autumn 2021

Autumn Budget 2021: Sheffield to receive £37m for Levelling Up

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that two projects in Castlegate and Attercliffe are set to receive millions in Levelling Up funding.

A £20m plan to regenerate the Castlegate Quarter and £17m for housing and job opportunities in Attercliffe have been successful in the first round of the government scheme.

Sheffield City Council had bid in July this year to revive Castlegate by de-culverting the River Sheaf and introducing new greenery and dedicated public spaces to make the area more attractive, with the intention that land in the area would be prepared for uses focusing on employment, education, and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

View of the old Castle Market site looking on to the Old Town Hall and Lady’s Bridge. The remains of a castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned for more than a decade are to be uncovered

Meanwhile, plans to regenerate Attercliffe have received £17m. Where the Council’s bid includes proposals for a children’s health technology centre at the Olympic Legacy Park.

According to the The Star, Sheffield MP Clive Betts is said to have welcomed the money but observed that more would be needed.

“It’s a very important step to bring new development and job opportunities to a deprived part of Sheffield. But we must have a lot, lot more resources in the next few years to make Attercliffe a centre for housing and jobs growth for the city”, commented Mr Betts.

Overall a total of around £115m was committed to projects in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, including a new visitor centre at Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham, a cultural quarter in Rotherham town centre and a major waterfront extension in Doncaster.

In Rotherham, Tory MP Alexander Stafford announced £11m for three projects in Rother Valley including Gulliver’s Valley, Rother Valley Country Park and the former Maltby Grammar School and clock tower.

Rother Valley Country Park will receive £5.5 million for a new ‘Village Centre’ with a café, outdoor play area and an education centre.

Gulliver’s Valley Resort secured £1 million for a Skills Village focusing on training, development, and accreditation in the hospitality and leisure sector.

The abandoned former Maltby Grammar School and its clock tower

Mr Stafford said Rother Valley had been neglected for too long, adding:

“It’s great that this Government is investing in Rother Valley. I will always fight for every penny for our area, so I am pleased that this is beginning to pay off, but this is only the first step.”

Meanwhile, Maltby Academy secured £4.5 million with investment into Maltby Academy Trust for redevelopment of the former Maltby Grammar School to create an incubator space for training, apprenticeships, and start-up support in the leisure and hospitality sectors.