Assurance over £46m development

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TOWN councillors in Sheffield have been reassured problems acquiring land for a £46 million regeneration scheme will not delay the project.

Stocksbridge Town Council members heard Sheffield Council will use compulsory purchase powers to acquire the two outstanding plots of land.

The project, which will include a Tesco supermarket alongside other retail and office developments and is expected to create 900 jobs, will be built on the site of a former steelworks.

Construction is due to start next year, but it was feared the land problem may delay it.

However, Derek Martin, Sheffield Council housing, enterprise and regeneration director told the town council the scheme was so important for the future of the town that the city council would use its powers of compulsory purchase if necessary to ensure delivery of the project.

Coun Martin Brelsford, Stocksbridge Mayor, said: “It is reassuring to be told that the city council will use compulsory purchase powers to acquire these plots because this scheme is vital for the future of the town.”

Andrew Malley, of project developer Dransfield Properties, said: “This is an important step forward.”