REGENERATION plans for Stocksbridge are forging ahead – with plans approved for a new testing facility for the town’s steelworks to be built alongside the major new retail scheme.
Stocksbridge Regeneration Limited, set up by Barnsley developer Dransfield Properties, was given permission by Sheffield Council’s west and north area planning board.
Plans also include new car parking and the relocation of Tata Steel’s despatch facilities to the company’s main site.
The project is part of the £46 million mixed use retail and office development in Stocksbridge, which is being built on a former industrial site opposite Tata Steel steelworks.
The application also included new pedestrian walkways linking Manchester Road to the new development.
An application for 140 houses is also due to be considered by planners next month.
The main scheme was approved by the local authority in 2009 and work is scheduled to start next year bringing a 63,000 sq ft food store, retail space, restaurants and offices – plus a landscaped area.
Retail property director for Dransfield Properties, Andrew Malley said: “We are delighted that this next stage of work has been approved.
“Relocating the steel despatch facility releases an important part of the site and the plans for the new Test House have created a great opportunity to design a really impressive landmark building.”
Mark Broxholme, general manager of Stocksbridge-based Tata Steel Speciality Steels, said: “As the town’s largest employer with 800 employees – the majority of whom live locally – we want to be part of the regeneration of Stocksbridge.”