New gateway to shopping street

Improvements to Sheffield's city centre retail offer are taking a leap forward as a new planning application reveals the vision for The Moor with completion of the new markets, over 150,000 sq ft of  modern shop units and improved public spaces throughout.
Improvements to Sheffield's city centre retail offer are taking a leap forward as a new planning application reveals the vision for The Moor with completion of the new markets, over 150,000 sq ft of modern shop units and improved public spaces throughout.

A SCHEME to revamp the entrance to Sheffield’s Moor shopping street with an eyecatching new building is set to be approved next week.

Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board has been recommended to grant permission for the £15 million project at Moorhead.

It would involve demolishing the old McDonalds, Adams and JJB stores, plus the former Sunwin House Co-op store.

The replacement building would be three storeys, and house shops, offices and restaurants.

The corner frontage onto the Moorhead junction would feature a giant digital screen.

If planning consent is granted by the committee at its meeting on Monday, management of MoorSheffield say construction could begin in the New Year.

Sheffield Council officers raised concerns that the big screen could be a ‘distraction for motorists and pedestrians’ at the busy junction of Furnival Gate and Pinstone Street.

However, they recognised that the fears were outweighed by the ‘wider regeneration and economic benefits of the development’.

Discount store Stone The Crows, currently based in the old McDonalds building, is to relocate to the other side of The Moor.

The plans have been welcomed by Debenhams, which will remain in the block on the opposite side of the junction.

However, the department store chain has called on MoorSheffield, owned by Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, to consult with retailers before making additional planned changes to street furniture such as market stalls, kiosks and shelters.

Debenhams said The Moor is currently ‘cluttered’. Scottish Widows said it will discuss designs with stores ‘so everyone’s views can be taken into account’.