This document is taken from Sheffield City Council's Unitary Development
BE13 PUBLIC ART
The provision of works of public art in the design of major developments
will be encouraged wherever possible.
Reasons for the Policy
- Works of art can make a positive contributor to the built envionment
by giving new or refurbished buildings a unique identity. This will
help to create a sense of place, add to the character of a neighbourhood
and promote the image of the City.
- It gives an opportunity to developers to 'put something back' into
the community and for local people to become involved in the design
of their City. Examples in Sheffield include the sculpture in Sheffield
Science Park, the steelworker mural on Castle Street, the railings in
Tudor Square, the gates for the Don Valley Stadium and stained glass
at the Lyceum Theatre.
- It is a means of providing commissions for local professional artists
and craftspeople whose skills are underused.
- It is particularly important to give vigorous encouragement to providing
works of art when considerable development is taking place.
Government national planning guidance highlights the need to give priority
to good design in new development and to encouraging the arts.
How it will be put into practice
- Negotiating with developers for the commissioning of artwork which
makes a positive contribution to development schemes and the area around
them. (see also policy CFS, page 93).
- Liaising with developers, architects and designers to identify appropriate
sites for works of art and the best type of artwork for a site.
- Assisting in the commissioning of local professional artists, and
- Having regard, when deciding planning applications, to the appearance
of the scheme and the surrounding area
- Encouraging consultation between artists and the local community.
- 'Public art' - art or craftwork, designed and or made by professional
artists and craftspeople, which enhances the public appearance of the
- 'Major Developments' - for the purposes of this policy, new buildings
or refurbishment or enhancement to schemes of over £1m, which have an
important visual impact on the City or affect the character of a neighbourhood.
For the Government's national planning guidance, see Planning Policy, Guidance
Note PPG 12, Development Plans and Regional Planning Guidance, Department
of the Environment, 1992, paragraph 6. "SHEFFIELD - A CITY FOR PEOPLE"
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