Sheffield residents divided over new city centre masterplan

Exciting new plans to transform the heart of Sheffield City Centre have been unveiled.
Exciting new plans to transform the heart of Sheffield City Centre have been unveiled.

Sheffield residents urged to get behind new £480m masterplan to transform the city centre have mixed views on the plan.

The Sheffield Retail Quater is set to bring the city centre from 43rd to 32nd place in the UK retail ranking - boosting it from its current position alongside the likes of Northampton and Stoke on Trent.

The scheme comprises of retail and leisure accommodation, alongside residential and office space. Contemporary fashion stores will be situated along Cross Burgess Street and Pinstone Street and there will be an anchor department store.

Readers have taken to the Star’s facebook page and website with some believing it will never come to fruition while others are backing it.

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Dave Irvine said: “My bet is that either the final product will fail this imaginary image and/or it will cost far more than currently speculated.”

Kelly Fisher wrote: “Enough money has been spent on the city centre. What about the rest of Sheffield that the visitors don’t see?”

And Stefanie Barringer said: “It will be great if it happens but the mess on the Moor has been going on for ages.

“I hope there are nicer shops going to be built. Go down the Moor and its pound shops, pawn brokers and Iceland - hardly going to attract spenders.

“Go to Manchester city centre and see you have a mix of high end shops and cheaper shops plus a huge shopping centre. Let’s wait and see if it actually happens.”

Other readers were more positive about the plans.

Sarah Platts thought everyone should get behind it. She wrote: “Something that improves the city centre of where you live, brings more options for shopping, leisure and visitors and keeps up with the UK’s other large cities can only ever be a good thing and surely there can’t be any resident who thinks its a bad thing. I for one can’t wait.”

Amanda Carr was behind the project but not at the expense of losing older buildings to demolition.

Guy Richardson said it would need provide something different, or people would continue to visit Meadowhall, where parking is free.

He added: “If you want to attract people with money you have to encourage independent businesses who provide something a bit different.”