Plans for final stage of Moor set to get go-ahead

An artist's impression of the third and final phase of the redevelopment of The Moor in Sheffield. Photo: Leslie Jones Architecture
An artist's impression of the third and final phase of the redevelopment of The Moor in Sheffield. Photo: Leslie Jones Architecture
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Plans for the third and final phase of The Moor’s redevelopment are set to get the green light.

Councillors are being asked to approve the demolition of the old Co-operative department store and McDonald’s restaurant, opposite Debenham’s along Furnival Gate, The Moor and Matilda Way, to make way for a new three-storey building with a large retail unit.

A major fashion retailer will be moving in, and a big digital screen is proposed for the corner of the building.

The second phase of the scheme is under way, bringing a nine-screen cinema, shops and restaurants.

The new Primark store opened in October, while the Light cinema is due to open in May.

It is intended The Moor will link with the Sheffield Retail Quarter – the first stage of that project, offices for HSBC, will be nearby on a revamped Charter Square.

A report to a Sheffield Council planning committee meeting this Tuesday said the third phase was in line with the ‘strategic vision for regeneration of the city centre’.

“The building is well-designed and will be a positive addition,” officers said.

However, the screen was ‘not ideal from a highways safety point of view’ and there were ‘strong concerns’ about the ‘loss of footway’ on Furnival Gate.

“Nevertheless, on balance, the wider regeneration and economic benefits of the development outweigh these concerns in this case.”

A previous application for phase three was approved in 2011.