Covered Sheffield street shops plan

Under cover: Shops linking with The Moor.
Under cover: Shops linking with The Moor.
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A COVERED street linking The Moor and Charter Square has been revealed as part of the latest city centre redevelopment which is set to include a cinema, shops, bars and restaurants.

Scottish Widows has submitted a planning application for latest scheme for The Moor, covering the block between Debenhams and Rockingham Gate.

Portland stone will be used to clad the walls facing The Moor, in keeping with the older, surrounding buildings.

But the cinema, on the rooftop, would be clad in polycarbonate plastic, which could be lit up at night.

The application, recommended for approval at a meeting of Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board on Monday, also includes expanding use of the existing taxi rank on Rockingham Gate to 24 hours.

The proposed covered street would include shops on both sides and would be at the same level as Charter Square, with escalators and a lift linking it to The Moor.

Recommending approval, Sheffield Council planning officers said: “Overall, the architectural approach to the more pronounced main section of the block acknowledges the historic context whilst also incorporating modern design.

“In addition, the use of polycarbonate cladding for the cinema facade, which can be illuminated in the evenings, will create a unique contemporary feature.”

The council said redevelopment of the section of The Moor would ‘not prejudice or delay’ Sevenstone because it involves replacing existing shops instead of adding new ones.

Retail units to be created include a large, three-storey building plus five smaller two-storey units fronting The Moor.

The planned new street would have six restaurants, cafés, bars and takeaways and outdoor terraced areas.

The plans are supported by Sheffield Sustainable Development and Design Panel, which described the new route from The Moor to Charter Square as an ‘ambitious move’ which would ‘encourage new activity’ onto the square.

One objection has been made by a business based on Rockingham Gate.

The owner is unhappy about the entrance to the service area of the new block, fearing it would give the street a ‘backyard feel’.

The businessman added that large vehicles turning into and out of the service area could ‘cause damage to the canopy of buildings opposite’.

Scottish Widows is investing tens of millions of pounds in The Moor.

The company already has planning permission to knock down and rebuild the old McDonald’s, Adams and JJB sports building at Moorhead.

Ranald Philips, agent for Scottish Widows, said it was the company’s aim to turn The Moor into ‘the Oxford Street of Sheffield’.