Hundreds call for cycling measures at Sheffield’s new retail quarter

Latest images of how the proposed new retail quarter for Sheffield could look.

Latest images of how the proposed new retail quarter for Sheffield could look.

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Hundreds of people have called for safe cycling routes to be provided to Sheffield’s new retail quarter as plans are out to consultation.

Cycle Sheffield has created postcards for bikers to send to Sheffield Council, which also demand that convenient cycle parking is provided and that it is ‘safe and pleasant’ for walking and cycling,

Plans for the £480m development are out to consultation until June 19.

Matt Turner, chairman of Cycle Sheffield, said that more postcards had been ordered due to demand. So far 500 have been handed out.

He added: “We have had a fantastic response.”

More detail of the quarter and potential designs for the proposals – which replace the failed Sevenstone scheme between Pinstone Street, Moorhead and Barker’s Pool – were released last month and residents are urged to have their say to help ‘shape’ the project before outline plans go in.

The £480m scheme would act as an ‘extension’ to Fargate with a pedestrianised stretch and link to The Moor through a revamped Charter Square,

There would be around 50 new shops, 120 flats and up to 2,300 car parking spaces close to Devonshire Street.

Sheffield Council says the quarter could create up to 2,500 jobs – with around 1,000 in shops.

More than 3,000 people visited a public exhibition about the plans on Fargate last week.

However it has also emerged that Sheffield’s John Lewis store would have to be knocked down and rebuilt in a new store, under the current plans.

Talks between the retailer and council are continuing.

- To take part in the consultation visit www.sheffieldretailquarter.com, email info@sheffieldretailquarter.com or call freephone 0800 731 5515.

There are also Sheffield Retail Quarter accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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