Partner for Sheffield retail quarter due in September

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A partner to develop the long-awaited retail quarter for Sheffield should be announced by September, the city council’s leader has said.

Julie Dore answered written questions on the progress of the new retail quarter plan from opposition leader Colin Ross - including the target date for when a new partner would be announced.

Coun Ross said ‘little seems to have progressed’ and asked how many of the 20 plus expressions of interest were still in negotiation but the number was not confirmed in writing

In Wednesday’s full council meeting Coun Ross said the ‘people of Sheffield had a right to know’ how things were progressing as the quarter had been in the pipeline for a’long time.’

Coun Dore said a detailed prospectus on the quarter was due to go out next month and it was not a ‘static position’.

She added: “Until the prospectus goes out and developers come forward with proper plans we are not in a position to say 10 developers are interested as by tomorrow 12 developers could be in it.

“It changes day by day.”