Sheffield retail plan set for refusal

Meadowhall Shopping Centre
Meadowhall Shopping Centre
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MEADOWHALL’S owner is set to be refused planning permission for a retail scheme on an overspill car park due to concern about the impact on Sheffield city centre.

British Land has applied to build a Next Home store and garden centre, BMW and Mini car dealership and Costa Coffee drive-through cafe off Meadowhall Way.

But the proposal has led to objections from Scottish Widows, which owns The Moor and is investing tens of millions of pounds sprucing up the city centre shopping area.

Sheffield Council officers recommend the scheme is rejected at a planning board meeting on Monday.

They said: “Sheffield city centre is in a uniquely vulnerable position being in a fragile state with two major regeneration schemes – Sevenstone and The Moor – at critical stages in their planned development and delivery.

“It is considered that this proposal will have a harmful impact on investor and retailer confidence in planned investment in the city centre.”

Scottish Widows said: “The proposals could undermine investor confidence as there is no absolute commitment to the city centre by Next.

“The proposals would be damaging to the two retail schemes which the city centre badly needs.”

Scottish Widows fears the application could pave the way for more retailers in the area including IKEA.

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