Compulsory purchase orders approved for £46m Sheffield project

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COMPULSORY purchase orders have been granted to help make a £46 million retail, office and residential development become a reality.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet approved the orders which will allow the Stocksbridge Regeneration Company to take control of all land required for the scheme on the former Outukumpu works in the town.

The project includes a new 5,800 sq metre Tesco store, 680 car parking spaces, and 140 homes.

Tata, which owns the remaining steelworks in Stocksbridge, will also develop a new test centre.

David Ambrose, principal development officer for the project, said: “This project is a compelling case of the public interest, We wouldn’t want our funding to be lost.”

Without the passing of the compulsory purchase orders, the project would not have been able to secure funding from the European Union, councillors heard.

After approving the orders, Sheffield Council leader, Coun Julie Dore, said: “I thoroughly believe that this is the right thing to do. I think it is refreshing and something we have to look forward to and to maximise the European funding.

“It really is important that we enable the development to access the funding and I look forward to seeing work begin at the site.”

The long-awaited scheme, first proposed several years ago, will provide around 900 jobs.