Sheffield City Council have said they are “fed up” with the delays to development on Chapel Walk and said scaffolding covering the popular shopping street needs to be taken down “as soon as possible”.
.The £4.6 million scheme on Sheffield’s main shopping street has been developing at a snail's’ pace for more than seven months while white tarpaulin and scaffolding has covered the site and nearby shops.
The council granted permission to turn part of Fargate Court - the offices above Paperchase and jeweller H.Samuel - into around 50 student apartments in May last year. But it is understood that almost no physical work has been done on the site since November, a delay believed to be linked to the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at the council, said: “We have been listening to traders and shares their concerns about the length of time this scaffolding has been in place, with little progress. Like them, and the public, we are fed up with the delays to the project and disruption on Fargate and Chapel Walk.
“We will be requesting the developer of Fargate Court to remove the scaffolding and site compounds from Fargate and Chapel Walk as soon as reasonably possible. Alternative arrangements will have to be agreed to minimise disruption while ensuring development works can proceed.”
The delay has prompted claims that the scaffolding is damaging business and causing an increase in antisocial behaviour.
Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “We have supported the traders of Chapel Walk in a number of ways during building work in a bid to reduce the impact on business.
“Whilst the BID supports development in the city centre, if this comes at a cost to existing retailers, developers must find an alternative method to ensure projects do not adversely affect business.”
Coyne were contacted for a response.