Hundreds share views on city centre’s future

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A blueprint setting out the future of Sheffield city centre has attracted responses from 450 people.

Sheffield Council says it is ‘encouraged’ by the response to a consultation about its City Centre Masterplan, which closed on June 30.

A spokeswoman said: “The council is spending July and August collating and assessing all of the 450 responses to the consultation.

“As a result, this might mean further follow-up work will need to be done with colleagues in other parts of the council, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive or other statutory bodies.

“The council intends to report to cabinet in November with a revised masterplan and recommendations on the key changes as a result of the public and other consultations.

“The masterplan is not a statutory plan, but more a vision for the direction of travel for the city centre, the key challenges and the main areas where intervention should take place.”

The revised plans will take into account the loss of the Primark store from its current site on High Street.

The chain is moving to a new store on The Moor in 2015.

The plan covers the next 10 years and aims to increase the number of people staying and spending money in the city.

The council’s proposed masterplan includes knocking down Castle Market once its £17.5 million replacement opens on The Moor later this year, to allow the remains of the old Sheffield Castle to be excavated.

The council also aims to find uses for the former courthouse on the corner of Castle Street and Waingate, the old Castle House Co-op and uncovering the River Sheaf, as well as refurbishment of Central Library and the Graves Gallery.