Key regeneration project on The Moor to be completed by late 2013

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PLANS for Sheffield’s new £16.7 million Moor Market project have been given the go-ahead by a city planning board – bringing an end to years of delays.

The long standing plans to replace the Castle Market with a new development on the Moor are seen as a key part of the regeneration of the city centre.

Work on the site will begin next year with completion expected towards the end of 2013.

Owner of the land is Scottish Widows, which has allowed the council to have the site rent-free in exchange for a 250 year lease on the rest of the street.

The market will cover the empty site between The Moor and Eyre Street, opposite Atkinson’s department store, and will have space for 22 stalls and six shops.

Central ward Labour councillor Mohammad Maroof said: “I’m delighted that after a long period of delays, we are now seeing the regeneration of the Moor that we have been waiting for.

“The markets and regeneration of the city centre are key to making our city vibrant and will bring great economic benefits. We are delighted that Scottish Widows have reached an agreement with the council so that this can finally go ahead.”

Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, cabinet member for business, jobs and growth, said: “We are fully committed to making sure that the regeneration of the city centre gets back on track as it is key to bringing business, jobs and growth to the city. The new market is a key part of this project.”