D-day on Sheffield retail park plans

Artist's impression of how the complex will look
Artist's impression of how the complex will look
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A decision on plans for a multi-million pound expansion to a Sheffield retail park is due to be made by planners tomorrow.

It is hoped the plans for Kilner Way retail park, off Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge, could create hundreds of jobs in construction and once new facilities are built.

Councillors will debate the proposals, to create three retail units, smaller shops, a gym and a restaurant, at a planning and highways meeting this afternoon.

They are recommended to approvethe plans despite an objection from Stocksbridge Regeneration Company, which fears the plans would delay or prevent elements of its own £42 million Fox Valley development in Stocksbridge.

Although some readers said the jobs were welcome some feared it would draw trade from the city centre instead.

One wrote on The Star’s website: “Every job that is created in an out-of-town retail park is one less job in the city centre, and possibly spells the end of yet another core business within the city – and one less reason to travel there.”

Another said: “A similar thing happened at Dinnington, they decided to build a lot more business units, when there were lots of existing ones that were empty, businesses locate here for the cheap rates then clear off.

“What we need are real wealth creating jobs, where are people going to get money from to spend in these locations.”

Another added: “There’s still empty units on there from when they built Argos, Halfords and Pets at Home.

“There’s a gym just below Kilner Way and then there’s Sainsbury’s opening.

“I’m all for creating jobs, I need a new one myself, but I can’t see much happening there.”

The meeting is at 2pm.