Support for £46m revival of town

A REVISED scheme designed to help revive the steel town of Stockbridge is in line for city council approval next week.

At its heart remains a proposed food superstore on part of a site in the valley bottom that was occupied by steelsworks Tata and Outokumpu, surrounded by other shops and offices.

Developers Dransfield Properties are seeking council approval for changes to some of the designs and layouts – part of a project that would see some buildings demolished, some refurbished and some constructed off Manchester Road.

Already council permission has been granted for a £46m mixed use development and officers say there are no reasons to hold up the amended scheme.

In particular, the proposed food store “would increase consumer choice... and have a significant positive impact on the role of a Stocksbridge as a district centre”, says a report to city councillors on Tuesday.

Although some trade would be diverted from existing shops, it would not be a significant amount, it is argued.

One concern among local people is that the proposed development would mean the diversion of a footpath along the valley between Stocksbridge and Deepcar.

The developers are also planning a housing estate on neighbouring land.