Plans for a multi-million pound shopping complex in south Sheffield are expected to be approved – paving the way for a better retail offering in the city.
Proposals to build a £35 million retail park on the old Norton College site off Bochum Parkway in Meadowhead have been recommended by planning officers despite concerns from residents.
From December 2017, the St James Retail Park will be home to discount food store Aldi along with other ‘high profile’ names, creating 250 jobs, with an extra 124 jobs from construction work.
But the plans have provoked opposition from nearby residents.
Concerns were raised about extra traffic on the already-busy Meadowhead roundabout and Graves Park Councillor Steve Ayris said car parking plans had the potential to ‘overspill on to neighbouring streets.’
He said the proposal – which will be discussed by the planning committee on Tuesday – would also have an adverse impact on independent shops in nearby Woodseats.
But Richard Wright, of the Chamber of Commerce, said this scheme, along with progress in other retail developments, adds to the geographical spread of the city’s retail offerings.
He added: “The Norton retail site complements the south of Sheffield.
“It hasn’t got a great deal if you take away Woodseats.
“And I don’t believe this development will have a negative effect on the city centre.
“It should have a different market and purpose.”