Multi-screen cinema plan for Moor

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A MULTI-SCREEN cinema and restaurants are being lined up as part of the redevelopment of The Moor in Sheffield city centre.

Developers are looking to leisure to complement the new markets and shops to help give the precinct a fresh lease of life.

Plans have been submitted to the council to replace the block of units - one of them occupied by the Stone The Crows store - below Debenhams, creating a pedestrian route to Charter Row in the process.

They come from Scottish Widows Investment Property Partnership Trust, which envisages 18,000 square metres of retail and leisure “which will potentially include a ten-screen cinema and six restaurants”.

Ranald Phillips, director of agents Ashcroft, said: “This is another phase of SWIPPT’s rolling programme of regeneration and investment in The Moor, which demonstrates its commitment to developing Sheffield’s city centre.

“Retailers and leisure outlets want to come to Sheffield and we are aiming to provide them with the right environment and facility to do this. If planning consent is granted, we hope to start on site in 2013.”

The application represents a stepping up of the momentum in the revival of The Moor.

Already construction h of the markets and a row of large shops that will front the precinct has started.

Next year will also see the completion of the public realm - landscaping of the upper Moor in line with the upgrading of the lower section.

Other major changes are in the pipeline.

Scottish Widows, who have a long lease on much of the land on and around The Moor in a deal with the council, are preparing to replace the block at the corner of Moorhead and Furnival Gate, which used to accommodate McDonalds and JJB Sports, with a large store. Talks are being held with representatives of major fashion chains.

Meanwhile, Debenhams have indicated that Sheffield is on a provisional list of stores to be refurbished.

Scottish Widows say they are committed to reviving the commercial fortunes of The Moor, which was once renowned for its department stores, aiming to turn it into a local version of Oxford Street in London.

They are effectively stealing a march on developers Hammerson who have yet to press the button to allow construction of the Sevenstone retail quarter, between Moorhead, Pinstone Street and Barkers Pool, after years of delay.

Negotiations are continuing with the council, which is urging them to make up their minds, one way or the other, to end the uncertainty that is blighting the area.

Keys to breaking the deadlock is John Lewis, which wants a more modern and bigger store, either through a redevelopment of the existing premises, as proposed initially, or a new building on the site of the former Wellington Street fire service headquarters.