2 June 2015

Plans for the new Sheffield Retail Quarter will go on show this week in the city centre.

A marquee on Fargate will have details of the proposed £480 million development that will transform the city centre into a top shopping destination.

Representatives will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the proposals as part of the five week pre-application consultation on the scheme.

The exhibition will be at the top end of Fargate near the Town Hall on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (3-5 June) from 11am to 6pm and on Saturday (6 June) between 11am and 5pm.

For anyone unable to get along to the exhibition, they can have their say at:
• Visit Sheffield Retail Quarter
• Email info@sheffieldretailquarter.com
• Call us on 0800 731 5515 (Freephone)
• Follow us on Twitter @sheffRQ #sheffRQ
• Find us on Facebook: SheffieldRetailQuarter
• Follow us on Instagram: SheffieldRetailQuarter

Local people and business owners are invited to have their say on the plans for the Sheffield Retail Quarter, which also includes new offices, homes and restaurants. Detailed proposals will be on show to give a flavour of what could be possible around Barkers Pool, Pinstone Street and Moorhead.

The development is the missing piece between other popular areas in the city centre, including Fargate, The Moor and Division Street.

It could create around 2500 jobs (during construction and permanent) and bring in approximately an additional £300 million a year to the city centre that people currently spend elsewhere.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council said: “We are keen for everyone to have an opportunity to have their say on this key development in the city centre. These are only proposals and by taking part in the consultation process you can have the opportunity to shape the next chapter in Sheffield’s history.

“The Sheffield Retail Quarter will attract investment, businesses and visitors to the city and help us to raise our profile regionally and nationally, so it’s vitally important that everyone has a say in this significant development for the city.”

Sheffield City Council took control of the project after parting company with the developer of the former Sevenstone scheme. It has almost completed full land purchase, is seeking a development partner and is now consulting the public prior to a planning application this summer. The aim is to start construction in 2017 with the first stores open in 2019.

Full public consultation on the proposals continues until 19 June 2015.

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Notes to editors:
Delivery
• Sheffield City Council is currently embarking on a procurement process to work with a strategic development partner to secure delivery.

• Sheffield City Council is targeting 80 per cent scheme completion during 2019 with further final phases being complete in 2021.

• Alongside the process to secure a new partner, Sheffield City Council is to utilise funding that will be generated from the New Deal with Government (Tax Incremental Financing – TIF) for use to progress the scheme.