Plans for new retail park in Sheffield unveiled

The planned site of the retail park in Drakehouse, Sheffield. Picture: Jon Ball.
The planned site of the retail park in Drakehouse, Sheffield. Picture: Jon Ball.
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Plans have been unveiled for a new retail park in Sheffield – including a food supermarket and drive-through coffee shop.

An application has been submitted to Sheffield Council for permission to build the units for Aldi and Costa Coffee and a retail unit for Home Bargains, Frankie & Benny’s restaurant, two small stores and more than 150 car parking spaces in Drakehouse.

Agent Steven Abbott Associates, on behalf of Consolidated Property Group, said it would be ‘high-quality architecture’ and added it was big investment in the local economy which would create building jobs and ‘a large number of permanent jobs’.

But reaction to the scheme – for a three-acre plot of derelict land off Drake House Way and Drake House Crescent, next Drake House Retail Park – has been mixed.

Commenting to the council, resident Angela Treweek, of Waterthorpe, said: “The traffic situation is already intolerable and this will only make it worse.

“The roads were never made for the amount of traffic that use them especially at peak times when they are gridlocked.

“We already have three supermarkets in the area, why do we need another?”

But Jonathan Berry, of Beighton, said: “It offers more choice for local residents and new job opportunities.

“Just need to be mindful of traffic as it is already a very busy area with Drake House Retail Park and the new Asda superstore.”

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