The heart of Sheffield’s shopping retail industry is set to undergo a £300m redevelopment scheme after a detailed planning application was sent to Sheffield City Council yesterday.
Meadowhall’s joint owner British Land, submitted the plans which are due to follow on from the existing refurbishment which is on course to be completed by the end of 2017.
The redevelopment will see a new state of the art cinema built as well as a range of restaurants and other leisure spaces including a gym.
The scheme will benefit the local community by creating over 500 jobs during the construction phase and an extra 1,400 jobs upon completion.
In their press release, British Land said “Employment opportunities created by the scheme will be promoted locally through Meadowhall’s recruitment and training facility, The Source.”
However not everyone is on board with the planning application. There are concerns amongst some Sheffield’s residents that Meadowhall is continuing to drag business away from the city centre and the small independent businesses which need local support to survive.
The Moor Market and Fargate have both suffered as a result of Meadowhall’s thriving attractions.
In response to these claims, Charles Maudsley, Head of Retail and Leisure for British Land, said: “Understanding and anticipating our customers’ needs is a key strategic focus area and the Meadowhall Leisure Hall proposals respond to the changing way people live their lives.”
A decision on the application is expected from the Council in Spring 2017.