Sheffield City Region

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Coordinates: 53°22′48″N 1°28′12″W / 53.380°N 1.470°W / 53.380; -1.470

Sheffield City Region
City region
Local government districts
Local government districts
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country England
  1. Sheffield
  2. Rotherham
  3. Barnsley
  4. Doncaster
  5. Chesterfield
  6. North East Derbyshire
  7. Bolsover
  8. Bassetlaw
  9. Derbyshire Dales
 • Body Sheffield City Region Leaders Group
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)

The Sheffield City Region is an area of England centred on Sheffield a population of 1,819,500 covering an area of 3,517.84 km2 in 2004. It was one of eight city regions defined in the 2004 document Moving Forward: The Northern Way,[1] as a collaboration between the three northern regional development agencies. It covers the entirety of the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire, and also adding four districts from north Derbyshire, and one district from northern Nottinghamshire. The Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone promotes development in a number of sites across the region.


The Sheffield City region had a population of 1,819,500 in 2004[2] with an area of 3,517.84 km2 and a population density of 517.22 and includes the following local government districts:[1]

Other than Doncaster and parts of Derbyshire Dales, nearly all this area lies within the Sheffield postcode area. The region has good transport links to Sheffield City Centre, where many of the region's workforce are employed. It is unique amongst the eight city regions defined by the Northern Way in that it is divided between government office regions.

The city region is not the same as the Sheffield Urban Area, a much smaller area used by the Office for National Statistics.


In September 2006, the Local Authorities comprising the Sheffield City Region launched the Sheffield City Region Development Programme.[3] This set outs out how the local authorities believe that by working together as a city region they could increase the economic output of the area by 12.6% by 2016. It also describes governance structures for the city region, including a City Region Forum (consisting of the Leaders of each of the constituent authorities, including the two county councils and the Peak District National Park Authority, along with observers from the two Regional Development Agencies and Government Offices covering the city region). The City Region Forum has since been formally established,[4] and has resolved to set up four thematic Joint Issue Boards to take forward some of the propositions made in the City Region Development Programme. The four Joint Issue Boards cover transport; Residential Offer (Housing Supply and Demand); Destination Management (Tourism and Inward Investment); and Knowledge Economy and Innovation. The region began its work properly in 2008, with a development forum created.[5] This is to be headed up by Sylvia Yates, the former director of South Yorkshire Objective One European grants programme before the European funding was lost.

Local enterprise partnership[edit]

The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership was established in 2012. The local enterprise partnership covers the nine local authority areas.[6]

Combined authority[edit]

The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority was established for the area in April 2014. It consists of the four local authorities of South Yorkshire as constituent members and the other authorities as non-constituent partner members. Membership numbers are weighted to ensure a majority of South Yorkshire members and non-constituent members may be excluded from some votes.[7] The government suggested the name South Yorkshire Combined Authority which was rejected by the authorities in favour of Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. The government rejected this as "misleading and inappropriate" and also rejected Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield and North East Midlands Combined Authority as the combined authority area will only include South Yorkshire.[8] The name in the order presented to parliament to create the authority is the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield Combined Authority.[9]

Enterprise zone[edit]

The Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone includes sites spread over Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield and Markham Vale, Derbyshire.[10] In August 2011 the government announced the creation of the zone, which included the existing Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.[11] The zone was actually set up in 2012. In March 2014 more sites were added, increasing the zone's total area by around half. These included the addition of a site at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.[12]


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