Mayor Dan Jarvis and the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority have secured more than £75 million of Government funding to improve open spaces, walking and cycling routes and build new homes across South Yorkshire.
More than £33 million will be used to create green open spaces, improve town centres and develop the region’s digital offer, attracting inward investment. It is anticipated that more than 5,500 jobs including 600 construction jobs will be created. The funding will be used to:
- Create a Digital Campus in Barnsley, supporting the growth of start-up digital companies and attracting inward investment.
- Develop new walking and cycling routes within Doncaster town centre, as well as introducing new high-speed digital technology.
- Transform Rotherham town centre with the creation of a new public realm area near the landmark Forge Island development.
- Create three new open space and public realm areas in Sheffield City Centre that will improve air quality, biodiversity and reduce flooding.
£40 million has also been secured to build 3,500 new homes on brownfield land over the next five years.
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “This is a huge boost for South Yorkshire, providing investment that will create jobs, build new homes and improve our town centres – making a real difference to people’s lives across the region.
“The schemes will improve walking and cycling routes, enable more active travel, improve air quality and support our fight against climate change. Building 3,500 affordable and high-quality homes will create jobs and economic growth for the region.
“Securing this investment shows the power of devolution and how our partnership with local authority leaders can unlock new funding and opportunities for South Yorkshire. It demonstrates how having powers and resources at our disposal can help us transform our region, making South Yorkshire stronger, greener and fairer.
“I would urge the Government to go much further – building on the landmark devolution deal put before Parliament this week – by devolving more money and powers so we can build back better from the coronavirus.”