Moor Misery: We need Moor for future, say Sheffield traders

Regeneration fears: Traders are sceptical about the new vision for The Moor.

Regeneration fears: Traders are sceptical about the new vision for The Moor.

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PLANS are afoot to regenerate the Moor - but traders who are set to move in once the building work is complete fear the regeneration will never happen.

Sheffield Council granted planning approval in October to the Scottish Widows Investment Partnership Property Trust for a new retail block at the top of The Moor.

Scottish Widows plans to redevelop the area with a new 55,000 sq ft retail block at the junction with Furnival Gate.

They say the project will form part of the first phase of regenerating the whole of The Moor following Sheffield Council’s earlier planning consent for the new 200 stall Market Hall and six retail units at the other end of the street, which will start next year.

Alongside the new markets, there is now planning consent for over 150,000 sq ft of modern retail units and improved public spaces throughout The Moor area.

Ranald Phillips, Director at Ashcroft, the Asset and Development Manager appointed to oversee the development on The Moor said: “The new building, opposite Debenhams, contains space for one large retail unit spanning three floors and two medium sized retail units featuring modern high spec space that retailers demand.”

“The new vision for The Moor means regeneration from top to bottom and is the first major retail development to happen in Sheffield city centre for many years.”

But traders at the Castle Market who are due to move to new the market on the Moor fear that it will never happen.

Paul Tissington of Smith and Tissington’s Fish and Poultry said: “Since the Sheaf Market closed there have been 12 different planning applications to move the market onto the Moor and not one has come to anything.

“The longer this goes on the less likely it is to happen.

“Where is the money going to come from in this day and age?”

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