Sheffield Council has decided to ‘get on with it’ and submit outline plans for the city’s highly-anticipated new retail quarter.
The £480 million scheme is set to transform the area around Barkers Pool, Pinstone Street and Moorhead in the city centre with new shops, offices, restaurants and flats.
More than 3,000 people visited a public exhibition about the project, and some 600 comments were sent in during a public consultation.
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “The overriding message from the public consultation was to simply get on with it.
“Sheffield is crying out for a new city centre with new shops. We understand that there is scepticism after the previous Sevenstone scheme and this application shows that we are determined to make this happen, and happen fast.
“The purchase of the land is well underway and we will shortly be shortlisting the last three potential development partners. We’re right on track to start work on site next year, with the majority of shops opening in 2019.”
The outline planning application addresses the main themes that emerged from the public consultation, including space for a mix of luxury brands, high street stores and the independent shops which give Sheffield its character.
Historical city centre buildings such as Leah’s Yard and The Citadel, or Salvation Army building, will be preserved, as well as facades along Pinstone Street and of the old Sunday School.
The public spaces are set to get the same treatment as popular areas such as the Peace Gardens and there will be more than 2,000 car parking spaces as well as plenty of room for pedestrians and cyclists.
The scheme could create about 2,500 jobs and bring in an estimated additional £300 million a year to the city centre – cash which residents currently spend elsewhere.
A decision is expected on the application by the end of the year and, if it is given the green light, a more detailed application can then be submitted.
View the plans and make comments online at http://publicaccess.sheffield.gov.uk/online-applications/ with the planning application reference 15/02917/OUT.
n For more information, visit www.sheffieldretailquarter.com