Cinema plans for Sheffield Moor

Artist's impression of new block to be built on The Moor below Debenhams including a cinema and restaurants.

Artist's impression of new block to be built on The Moor below Debenhams including a cinema and restaurants.

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A TEN-screen cinema and six restaurants could be created alongside new shops as part of a further redevelopment scheme for The Moor in Sheffield.

Plans have been submitted to Sheffield Council by Scottish Widows Investment Property Partnership Trust, landlord of the shopping street, for the site below Debenhams.

Artist's impression of new block to be built on The Moor below Debenhams including a cinema and restaurants.

Artist's impression of new block to be built on The Moor below Debenhams including a cinema and restaurants.

The scheme would see creation of 18,000 square metres of mixed retail and leisure which will potentially include the cinema and eateries - along with a pedestrian route into Charter Square.

Ranald Phillips, director of Ashcroft, agents for Scottish Widows, said: “This is another phase of Scottish Widows’ rolling programme of regeneration and investment in The Moor which demonstrates its commitment to developing Sheffield’s city centre.

“Retailers and leisure outlets want to come to Sheffield and we are aiming to provide them with the right environment and facility to do this. If planning consent is granted then we hope to start on site in 2013.”

Next year will also see the completion of improvements to paving on the upper Moor, the new £16.5 million markets and a neighbouring building which is set to be the permanent home of TJ Hughes department store. Another block is also due to be redeveloped next year, the former McDonalds building opposite Debenhams.

The improvements are part of what Mr Phillips has described as a project to turn The Moor into ‘The Oxford Street of Sheffield’.

Sheffield Council chief executive John Mothersole said: “I think we can conclude that what we are seeing is the comprehensive rebirth of The Moor for shopping and leisure.

“I have only been in Sheffield 14 years but people keep telling me how great The Moor was for shopping. Hopefully we will be able to bring those memories back to life.”