Purchase orders set for go-ahead in £46m plan

Artist's impression of planned new �46 million retail development on Stocksbridge by Dransfield Properties.
Artist's impression of planned new �46 million retail development on Stocksbridge by Dransfield Properties.
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PLANS for a £46 million retail, office, residential and leisure development on a former steelworks site are set to move forward with the passing of compulsory purchase orders for the site.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet has been recommended to approve the orders for the Stocksbridge Development Company, which has already secured planning permission for the scheme at the old Outukumpu works, off Manchester Road.

The proposals include a new 5,800 sq metre Tesco store, car parking and 140 homes.

The development will also clear land to make way for a new test centre by Tata, which owns the town’s last remaining steelworks.

Some sections of the site are owned by numerous individuals and the CPOs would give the development company the right to take them over and press ahead with building work on the scheme.

Coun Alison Brelsford, who represents Stocksbridge on Sheffield Council, said: “The scheme has been talked about for the past few years and the major stumbling block is putting together all the land.

“The development has divided opinion in Stocksbridge - some people think it’ll mean the death of local shops, but others feel it would be nice to have some economic activity.

“My view would be to give it a cautious welcome - as long as there is support for local retailers, too.”

Stocksbridge Development Company involves Barnsley-based Dransfield Properties, Tesco and other companies.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet members are due to decide on whether to grant the orders at a meeting tomorrow afternoon. Simon Green, council executive director, has recommended approval.