A £15 MILLION plan to transform the gateway to Sheffield’s Moor shopping street has been granted planning permission – and work is set to start next year.
Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board has granted permission for a new 55,000 sq ft block to replace the old McDonald’s takeaway, Co-op department store, Adams and JJB Sport buildings.
The striking new building, at Moorhead, opposite Debenhams, will house one large and two medium-sized shops, and have a giant video screen in its facade.
The street will also be upgraded and repaved to match the lower end of The Moor which was recently re-landscaped to the high standards found in other award-winning public spaces across the city.
Ranald Phillips, director at Ashcroft, asset managers for The Moor’s owner Scottish Widows, said: “Sheffield deserves a better city centre shopping environment.
“The new vision for The Moor means regeneration from top to bottom, with a rolling programme of providing modern retail space, a clean and attractive public realm and, of course, the new market building.
“This is a high quality retail scheme for the city and it will provide the people of South Yorkshire with much improved and needed facilities. The new designs for the top of The Moor show our intent on creating something that Sheffield can be proud of.
Mr Phillips added: “Scottish Widows bought this investment as a long-term project to realise its undoubted potential for major regeneration as part of Sheffield’s retail core.
“We are excited that these plans are now starting to come to fruition and – after a number of false dawns – this is the first major retail development to happen in Sheffield city centre for many years.”
Together with the new markets building further down the street, which will house 200 stalls and six retail units, there is now planning consent for over 150,000 sq ft of modern retail units and improved public spaces throughout The Moor.
Work on the Moorhead and Market Hall buildings and the repaving will begin next year and should be completed by late summer 2013.