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Sheffield Council submits plans for new retail quarter

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Sheffield City Council has submitted plans for its long-awaited new retail quarter

The £480 million scheme, drawn up by London-based Leonard Design Architects will see the area around Barkers Pool, Pinstone Street and Moorhead transformed with 8,400m² of shops alongside 18,580m² of homes and offices.

The new scheme replaces the previous stalled plans for the Sevenstone city centre transformation designed by Foreign Office Architects, AHMM, BDP, Pick Everard, Stiff + Trevillion, ACME, Hawkins\Brown and O’Donnell + Tuomey. 

Unveiled in 2008 the proposed shopping mall was hit by a number of setbacks and, despite attempts to revive the project along with a re-think by ACME, the scheme was eventually canned in October 2013 when project backer Hammerson decided to pull out.

Sheffield City Council subsequently vowed to take a lead on the scheme, setting up an investment fund which has since purchased the £55million of property needed to develop the site.

Leigh Bramall, the council’s deputy leader and 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.

He added: ‘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 council has also submitted an application for a swathe of demolition within the site boundary. After a public consultation which received more than 600 written comments the plans were amended to keep some of the cities much-loved buildings, including Leah’s Yard, the Salvation Army Citadel and facades along Pinstone Street.

A decision is set to be made on the planning application at the end of the year and the large-scale development is set to be 80 per cent complete by 2019 with the final phase finishing two years later.

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