Next Home and Garden store go-ahead

Artist's impression of proposed Next Home store at Meadowhall.

Artist's impression of proposed Next Home store at Meadowhall.

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Plans for a Next Home and Garden store at Meadowhall are to go ahead after an appeal was won against Sheffield Council’s refusal of planning permission.

Meadowhall owner British Land, which is to build the store, took the council to a public inquiry over the proposals for derelict land on Vulcan Road.

The project also includes construction of a car dealership and Costa Coffee bar.

Planning Inspector David Wildsmith, who heard the inquiry, ruled in favour of the appeal.

A spokesman for British Land said: “We are delighted that the planning inspector has agreed with our appeal and granted planning permission for a Next Home and Garden store, a car dealership and a Costa coffee shop at Vulcan Road, following the recent public inquiry.

“This decision will allow us to get on site and proceed with construction as soon as possible, with completion anticipated by the end of 2014.

“We look forward to bringing more than 150 jobs and much needed investment to this part of Sheffield.

“British Land is committed to Sheffield and its future and will continue to support retail development, employment and investment in this dynamic and vibrant city.”

Sheffield Council spent £30,000 defending its decision to refuse planning permission - citing the impact on Sheffield city centre shops.

The council argued other suitable sites were available in the city centre for the Next store.

Scottish Widows, which manages The Moor, initially opposed the Next plans but did not object to the appeal - and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has backed the new Next store.

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