Sheffield City Council

Outcome of Expression of Interest: Invited to apply

Sheffield City Council has identified the need for up to 11,000 new homes over the next 5 years (link to New Homes Delivery Plan). Working with our neighbouring authority, Rotherham, the project will focus on supporting housing development along the Sheffield/Rotherham corridor, where there is a strong daily migration of commuting between the two areas.

In order to increase and accelerate the current level of housing delivery, we want to understand:

  • what information housing developers require from us, and
  • how best to provide it through new and/or improved digital services?

We will:

  1. Test the requirement for information on land availability and local trends in housing demand, policy and Council objectives.
  2. Investigate how to overcome information asymmetry for SME’s.
  3. Trial the Future Cities beta City Data Sharing Toolkit to share commuting data.

The discovery project will develop links with, and be applicable to, other authorities that have a shared housing/commuting market.

The project will build on the user research from a current Planning Innovation project led by our Digital Services team on planning applications, covering a later stage in the housing delivery process and supporting the MHCLG Digital Land agenda.

  • Digital and agile awareness
  • Introduction to user research
  • Introduction to service design
  • Introduction to digital business analysis