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ANOTHER step is due to be taken next week towards the creation of a ‘pocket park’ next to the River Don in Sheffield city centre.

Plans to transform vacant land between the river and Nursery Street, near the Wicker, are in line for council approval on Monday.

They are designed not only to make the riverside more attractive, but to help prevent the type of flooding that devastated the area in the summer of 2007. A terrace will be fashioned to allow the river to overflow within accepted boundaries. New flood defence walls are planned.

“The new riverside and roadside walls will deal with anything up to a one-in-100-year flood event, without climate change allowance,” says a council report.

The Government-funded project includes tree and wildflower planting, benches and a platform for launching canoes.

Councillors hope one of the spin-offs will be to make the area around the Wicker more attractive for development.

An archaeological assessment has uncovered the remains of a steelworks, which will be retained as a “simple landscaped area”.