A forum for joint working in environment and health, land use planning and transport

working with public, private and voluntary sector partners, to actively shape a sustainable economic and environmental development strategy which will deliver a step change in business, enterprise, employment and social opportunities in the Sheffield-Rotherham Don Valley focusing particularly on improvements to transport, energy distribution, water management and green spaces”.

History

The group (originally called East End Strategy Group) was brought together in March 1998, for a seminar on “Air Quality, Land Use Planning and Transport in the East End”. The main discussion item concerned the implications of the Government’s, then, new Air Quality Standards on the Lower Don Valley in Sheffield.

A number of emerging development opportunities, the production of a new Master Plan, and the creation of an Enterprise Zone all focused on key sites in Rotherham and Sheffield Don Valley has signalled increased momentum to deliver real change in the wider area than covered by the EESG.

Our activities have included:

  • Sustainable Development Appraisals of Planning applications and masterplans
  • Organised planning seminar on Planning and Sustainable Development
  • Contributed to Babtie brief
  • Organised three East End Standing Conferences
  • Made submissions to consultants preparing Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for Objective One M1 Corridor Strategic Economic Zone (SEZ)
  • Arranged meetings to put views to consultants preparing IDP
  • Commented as a group to Sheffield First Strategy for City
  • Facilitated five Intermediate Labour Market Environmental Monitoring Workers working within EPS
  • Organised Well-being and Sustainable Development workshop

Activities of member organisations

  • Influenced installation of noise barriers on M1 (Tinsley Forum)
  • Tinsley Environment and Health Audit and Draft Action Plan (Sheffield EPS & Sheffield Health)
  • Darnall Environment and Health Audit (EEQOL, Sheffield EPS & Sheffield SEPCT)
  • Completed Health Impact Assessment on Rotherham Sheffield Motorway Corridor Study (EEQOL)
  • Community organisations part of Yorkshire Forward Waverley AMP Monitoring Group, Junction 33-34 Community Forum
  • Participated in development of Air Quality Action Plan
  • Make representations to Learning and Skills Council re training and skills for local people to work in Technology Corridor

Terms of Reference 2001, updated July 2003 and August 2011

Principle Purpose Working with public, private and voluntary sector partners, to actively shape a sustainable economic and environmental development strategy which will deliver a step change in business, enterprise, employment and social opportunities in the Sheffield-Rotherham Don Valley, focusing particularly on improvements to transport, energy distribution, water management and green spaces.

Area of operation

  • Darnall ward in the East Community Assembly area and Wincobank, Brightside and Burngreave wards in the North East Community Assembly area of Sheffield
  • Rotherham North and Rotherham South Area Assemblies

Membership

  • Council officers Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Councillors Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Community Representation Tinsley Forum, Darnall Forum, Handsworth Forum, Burngreave, Brightside, Wincobank, East End Quality of Life Initiative, Five Weirs Trust/Blue Look Stewards/Groundwork, Rotherham community forums.
  • External Partners including businessBritish Land/Meadowhall, The Source, Forgemasters, Sheffield Business Park, Sheffield International Venues, Outokumpu, Sheffield and Rotherham Primary Care Trusts (Public Health), Environment Agency and Highways Authority as required.

Authority

  • Shape and comment on the formulation of Planning Guidance for the Lower Don Valley
  • All relevant reports to the City Centre and East Planning Board to have a paragraph summarising the views of EESG concerning how the planning proposal conforms to the principle purpose
  • Shape briefs for all studies, surveys and reports relevant to the area and monitor progress
  • Coordinate the work of all groups which contribute to the principle purpose (see chart)
  • Shape parameters for all relevant consultation commissioned by this group
  • Advise on all externally organized studies, surveys and reports
  • Set terms of reference for individual members when liaising with external bodies on behalf of this group
  • Set and monitor progress towards quality of life targets and outcomes

Reporting

Group members act as representatives for their organizations and/or communities and as such ensure that colleagues and wider partners are kept informed of the Group’s activities as appropriate. Notes from meetings copied to Local Enterprise Partnership and Community Assembly Partner Panel.

Chair Sheffield City Council Head of City Development Division, Place Portfolio, or senior deputy.

Frequency of meetings Fridays, every 6-8 weeks, at 9.30am, The Source at Meadowhall or more frequently as required.

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