Doomed Sheffield shopping area in line for top award

Devonshire Street
Devonshire Street

Devonshire Quarter has been named as one of the three finalists in the ‘Great Neighbourhood’ category of the National Urbanism Awards.

The accolade comes only four months after the council approved the plans to demolish a historic row of small independent shops on Devonshire Street – which survived the Blitz in World War Two – despite 20,000 objections from the public.

Protest outside Sheffield Town Hall over the Devonshire Street plans

Protest outside Sheffield Town Hall over the Devonshire Street plans

The area was nominated because of its residential properties and Devonshire Green as well as its ‘lively mix of independent retail’.

The prestigious award is one of five given out each year by The Academy of Urbanism to celebrate the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments.

Shoppers said the nomination was well deserved.

Job-seeker Oliver Woodcock, 20, from Crookes, said: “I think if the Devonshire Quarter did win then it might help stop the council getting rid of the shops, but I’m not certain. What I do know is that I don’t want it to end up looking like a concrete jungle.”

Student Keir Bowie, 17, from Crosspool, said: “It’s quite a green and clean area. It’s genuinely a lovely place to be. The other bonus is that it has the skate park.”

Dan Green, 26, an MA Student studying in Sheffield, said: “Just by looking around, you can see that it’s so diverse. I think it’s very cosmopolitan which I quite like.”

A team from The Academy of Urbanism visited Devonshire Quarter on Thursday, 30th July so they could judge it.

They met with the community stakeholders, council representatives and others involved in shaping the area.

Also in the competition are Hulme in Manchester, and the Old Town in Hastings. The award ceremony will be held in November.