Thousands turn out to Sheffield retail quarter exhibition

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More than 3,000 people visited an exhibition on plans for Sheffield’s new retail quarter, the city council has confirmed.

The display on Fargate last week was to gather the public’s views on the latest £480m scheme for the long-awaited quarter.

A previous plan with developer Hammerson never came to fruition.

The council said that it was ‘very pleased’ with the turnout of 3,483 over four days and also with the detail of submitted comments.

Comments included support for bringing high street names back into Sheffield city centre, demand for high quality public realm and strong support for independent shops. Many people asked about how bus routes would be affected.

Coun Leigh Bramall, the council’s cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “There’s still time for you to have your say on the plans for Sheffield Retail Quarter.

“This is a major opportunity to shape the city’s future, so I would encourage everyone to let us have your comments in the next two weeks.”

Consultation lasts until June 19. Call 0800 731 5515 or email info@sheffieldretailquarter.com