Sheffield flats plan could be ‘final nail in coffin’ for shops

recyclingram' Sheffield Local elections count at the English Institute of Sport, Attercliffe, Sheffield...... Jillian Creasy, Leader of Green Party in Sheffield, Central Ward'See Story Jeni Harvey  Picture Chris Lawton '05 May   2011
recyclingram' Sheffield Local elections count at the English Institute of Sport, Attercliffe, Sheffield...... Jillian Creasy, Leader of Green Party in Sheffield, Central Ward'See Story Jeni Harvey Picture Chris Lawton '05 May 2011
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Replacing independent shops in Sheffield with flats would be the ‘final nail in the coffin for businesses’, Sheffield’s Green party leader has said.

The proposals to knock down firms on Devonshire Street to build apartments there has been objected to by hundreds of residents and Sheffield celebrities.

Green Coun Jillian Creasy said the plans, if approved, would go against the Devonshire Quarter Action Plan put in place by Sheffield Council.

She added: “Losing the shops at the end of Devonshire Street will be the final nail in the coffin for small independent businesses in the this area like Rare and Racy and Filibuster and Booth, as the character of the area becomes clone-club or at best clone-coffee house.

“There will be nothing left to make Devonshire Green distinctive or interesting and no home-grown businesses, which keep profits circulating in the local economy.”

“But successive planning committees have allowed the action plan to slip, letting developers do what pays best like small apartments and late night drinking.

“They are strangling the remaining golden geese.”

The plans have been submitted by Sheffield firm Primesite Ltd.