PLANS for Sheffield’s new £16.7 million Moor Market are set to be granted planning permission next week but the building will not be ready for another two years.
Traders are now making a fresh call to Sheffield Council to reinstate a 40 per cent rate reduction in the meantime because they fear declining trade and a return to full rates at their rundown home in Castle Market could put many out of business.
Work will start next year and be finished by the end of 2013 if planning permission is granted by the council’s city centre, south and east planning board on Monday.
A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: “Detailed designs will be completed in time for a start on site next year and completion towards the end of 2013.”
But fruit and vegetable trader Ian Bingham said: “We should have moved to the new market in October 2010 and are suffering from declining customers and a rundown building, yet are being asked to pay full rates.
“We are now in discussions with the council’s new leadership about reinstating a 40 per cent rate discount removed this year as part of budget cuts. If we don’t get help over the next couple of years, there’ll be no stalls left to go in the new building.”
The planned new market hall, to replace Castle Market, would cover the empty site between The Moor and Eyre Street, opposite Atkinsons department store, and include space for 22 stalls plus six shops, a storage yard and administration offices.
It would be built from materials including slate and stone panels, brickwork and feature a curved glass and timber roof for the market hall.
A public consultation about the plans was held attracting more than 1,000 people, around 80 per cent of whom agreed with the proposed design and layout.
But three objections have been made to the planning board, criticising the frontage for not blending in with other stores on The Moor, distance from the bus and rail stations and ‘bland design’.
Sheffield Council is to borrow the money for the development. The loan was approved last year, despite the repayments totalling £63.9 million, as the council will have to pay £47.2m in interest.
The Moor’s landlord Scottish Widows, allowed the council to have land for the market building rent-free in exchange for an extended 250-year lease on the rest of the shopping street, the freehold of which is council-owned.