Plans for Sheffield’s long-awaited £480m retail quarter are due to be submitted imminently.
Consultation on the proposal took place earlier this summer and a developer is expected to be chosen by Sheffield Council by the end of the year.
An outline planning application for the scheme - which is the next stage in the process - is set to be submitted to the authority’s planning department this week.
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for development and deputy council leader, said: “The fact that we are in a position to be able to put in for outline planning permission is another major step forward in developing the quarter.
“I think this shows real momentum now - so far this year there has been a lot happening with the quarter.
“We have gone out to tender for a development partner and had the consultation and the outline planning application is the start of a formal process.”
Public notices giving notice of the planning application, and another to retain facades of various buildings, were printed in The Star this week. They said plans were for ‘comprehensive redevelopment comprising a retail-led mixed use scheme’ around the Barkers Pool, Charter Square and Pinstone Street areas.
Existing buildings will be demolished and highways altered to provide retail, restaurants, cafes, offices, leisure and flats.
It has been said previously that the scheme will aim to link The Moor, Fargate and Division Street with 50 new shops, 12 new restaurants and a mix of leisure and office space.
Hundreds of people took part in the consultation on the quarter. Key concerns were cycling provision, conservation of historic buildings and a swift timescale after the saga of the failed Sevenstone initiative.
Coun Bramall said consultation responses would hel shape the plans.
A detailed full planning application is likely to come next year.