Sheffield’s Devonshire Quarter misses out on best neighbourhood title

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An area of Sheffield narrowly missed out on the title of best neighbourhood in the UK.

The Devonshire Quarter was a finalist in the UK and Ireland’s best neighbourhood at the 2016 Urbanism Awards.

Its heart is Division Street and Devonshire Street, known for small independent shops and pubs and bars.

The accolade was picked up by Hastings Old Town.

The award is one of five given out annually by The Academy of Urbanism to recognise the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments.

Judges were impressed with the way the neighbourhood has been transformed over the past two decades through the council, residents and city Ambassadors.

Richard Guise, lead assessor, said: “The outcome is an area that is alive both by day and by night and is home to quirky, independent shops and nascent creative industries.

“At its heart lies a multi-use green which greatly accounts for the quarter’s feel of ‘urban village’.

“It is hoped that a number of former factory buildings will be reused in the area’s ongoing redevelopment.”

The Academy visited the Quarter during the summer and met with residents, business owners and representatives of the council economic development department.

Academy chair man Steven Bee said: “Not city centre and not suburb, such neighbourhoods can struggle for clear identity. Here, the local distinctiveness started as a policy, and has been turned into a physical and civic entity by the active participation of local people.

“This makes the most of the neighbourhoods connections with the wider area, and the ‘City Ambassadors’ who work to promote citizen engagement and civic responsibility.”