Anyone who lives or works in the BBEST area is invited to become a member and to get involved in creating our Neighbourhood Plan. The membership of BBEST is a growing group of diverse individuals, representing people from all parts of our area.
BBEST area (Broomhill, Broomfield, Endcliffe, Summerfield and Tapton) Neighbourhood Planning Forum
The BBEST area is roughly defined as Broomhill, stretching from Weston Park and Crookes Valley Road to the east to the Ranmoor conservation area to the west, and from Crookesmoor and Tapton Crescent Roads to the north down to Riverdale, Clarkehouse, and Glossop Roads to the South.
For details about the BBEST organisational structure, you can download a .pdf copy of our constitution here:
What is Neighbourhood Planning … and a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood planning (introduced in the 2011 Localism Act) gives communities the statutory power to make planning priorities for their area, and to engage in community development projects.
A Neighbourhood Plan can include priorities and projects like these:
• Develop and protect green spaces.
• Create public spaces.
• Suggest where new homes and shops are built and what they look like.
• Develop facilities such as community buildings.
• Identify key buildings, areas and views.
• Encourage walking, cycling and public transport.
• Introduce design plans for retail areas.
It must fit with broader planning priorities, including the City’s Local Plan, The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and relevant national and international legislation. It lasts for five years before review.
What does it involve?
The process begins with collecting evidence about the local area and importantly finding out what
all local residents think about their area. Policies are then written and formed into a Neighbourhood Plan, which has to meet certain Basic Conditions and pass an independent examination. At this point the Plan goes to a referendum where everyone within the Plan boundary can vote on whether to accept the Plan or not. If the Plan receives more than 50% support it will become a statutory document that Sheffield City Council, planning officers and developers have to take into account when making future planning decisions.
Who can get involved?
Anyone who lives or works within the boundary of a Neighbourhood Plan can become involved in the process. If you want to be involved, please use the contact form below.
Who supports the Neighbourhood Planning process?
The Council help with some of the work, and partnerships with professionals and institutions can provide valuable inputs. There are very limited cash funds available to the Forum as well.
Steering Group Officers
BBEST is administered by a coordinating group (formerly steering group) of up to 12 members, elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. The current steering group officers are:
Peter Marsh – Chair
Anne Daw – Vice Chair
Kath O’Donovan – Secretary
Chris Topliss – Treasurer