600 jobs on the way at retail park

Kilner Way retail park
Kilner Way retail park

A Sheffield retail park is due for completion with up to 600 jobs being generated in the process, say the developers.

The proposed complex at the Kilner Way retail park, off Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge, includes the construction of three more big units and the addition of several smaller shops, a gym and a restaurant.

It is also intended to build a decked car park, increasing the number of car parking spaces from 357 to 559, and to add 133 spaces for staff.

Plans have been drawn up with an estimate of 600 full and part-time permanent jobs along with 174 during construction.

The application by landowner Derwent Construction Ltd seeks permission to consolidate and reconfigure the retail park, which currently has Argos, Halfords and Pets at Home stores and a Gala bingo centre.

Already steel frames have gone up in anticipation of the complex being expanded, and now details have been submitted to the council.

In total, 14 units are envisaged.

Part of the site was previously occupied by a Kwik Save and then Somerfield supermarket, and a ten pin bowling centre.

It has had a long and complex planning history over exactly what is can be used for. The principles have been agreed, although implications for issues such as traffic and any impact on nearby shopping areas will be re-assessed.

The applicants maintain there will be no damage to established shopping centres such as Hillsborough and predict a “step change” in the improvement of Kilner Way as both a retail and leisure park.

Mark Aylward, director of consultants Aylward Town Planning, said: “This has been a long established retail park which has been in need of serious investment for an extended period.

“Whilst new units were built during 2010, Derwent has worked closely with the council in recent times to develop a carefully-considered scheme that provides the opportunity to complete this gateway site and provide investment and much needed employment, whilst having regard for the council’s wider priorities. The creation of up to 600 jobs available for local people is hugely important, and we look forward to an approval of this exciting scheme to allow new shopping and leisure facilities which will be a regeneration boost.”