Planning out a new-look Sheffield

The new markets building is already taking shape on The Moor
The new markets building is already taking shape on The Moor
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A ‘21st century high street’ of top class Sheffield shopping forms the focal point of an ambitious vision for the city centre’s future.

A masterplan drawn up by Sheffield Council, and revealed today, includes a new retail quarter with big fashion names and independent stores helped to thrive.

New markets are already opening on The Moor in November alongside transformed shops, and in coming years the street could be an ‘18-hour-a-day’ destination with eateries and a cinema.

The bid to help shape Sheffield’s regeneration over 15 years includes a tram extension from Castle Square along Arundel Gate to The Moor’s new ‘shopping hub’.

Up to 10,000 extra people, particularly families, could also live in five developing city centre neighbourhoods - the Devonshire Quarter, St Vincent’s, Kelham Island, Park Hill and Riverside.

And a chain of hilltop parks and green spaces around the city centre will embrace the area’s landscape, giving it the greenest setting of any in the UK.

Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore, speaking as the plan goes out to public consultation, said the ‘visionary’ masterplan would take several years to develop.

“In a time of austerity it is, I think, more important we have a vision than when there is no austerity,” she said. We’ve got to show that if there is less investment, this is the city to invest in. We are ambitious and we’re not resting - we’re creating a city centre for everyone.”

Three business districts will be developed for future industries, and walking and cycling routes extended.

Reshaping Sheffield Central Library is ‘top of the list’ while the old market site on Castlegate will be demolished and the castle ruins investigated.

Residents are invited to comment on the masterplan at a display in the Winter Garden this Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18.

It will also be available online at www.sheffield.gov.uk until the end of June.

Once agreed it will be used as a guide for regeneration, investment, funding bids and planning applications.

The council is also in ‘advanced talks’ with developer Hammerson about the £600m Sevenstone retail quarter - first announced in 2005, which remains on hold.

Coun Leigh Bramall said: “We are working at breakneck speed to get something moving forward and we’ll know very quickly if we can progress with that.”

SHOPPING

New retail quarter with top fashion names between Barker’s Pool and The Moor
Moor markets to open in November, with transformed shops on the street
Extra retail, restaurants and a cinema for The Moor
Independent shops and start-up stores encouraged to grow
Stores at Moorfoot selling larger items

BUSINESS

Three distinct business districts - central, riverside and Sheaf Valley - to create space for 7,000 jobs
Support for developments such as St Paul’s Place and the Digital Campus
Encourage creative industries to move into the city centre
Develop both university campuses

HOUSING

Support five growing city centre communities to create living conditions appropriate for up to 10,000 extra residents of all ages
Plan better amenities such as shops, health services and education
Balance housing types and improve management of the night time economy

ENVIRONMENT

Extending combined heat and power linked to renewable sources
Encourage energy-saving buildings
Better flood defences
Embrace Sheffield’s topography with hilltop parks and green spaces around the city centre

TRANSPORT

Plan new tram extensions, starting with a city centre ring from Castle Square to Arundel Gate and to the new retail quarter and Moor markets
Extend walking and cycling routes
Improve junctions on the ring road 
Potentially introduce a 20mph zone in city centre

CULTURE

Enhance the Central Library and Graves Art Gallery
Reshape the Cultural Industries quarter
Better links between hotels and attractions