14 August 2015

Sheffield Retail Quarter is one step closer to reality after Sheffield City Council announced it has submitted an outline planning application for the scheme.

Over 3,000 people visited a public exhibition and nearly 600 written comments were sent in during the public consultation on the proposed development.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, the Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development said, “The overriding message from the public consultation was to simply get on with it. Sheffield is crying out for a new city centre with new shops. We understand that there is skepticism after the previous Sevenstone scheme and this application shows that we are determined to make this happen, and happen fast.

“The purchase of the land is well underway and we will shortly be shortlisting the last three potential development partners. We’re right on track to start work on site next year with the majority of shops opening in 2019.”

The plans, which can be viewed on the Council’s planning website, will see the area around Barkers Pool, Pinstone Street and Moorhead transformed with new shops, offices, restaurants and flats. Sheffield Retail Quarter could create around 2500 jobs and bring in approximately an additional £300million a year to the city centre that people currently spend elsewhere.

The outline planning application addresses the main themes from the public consultation, including space for a mix of aspirational brands, high street shops and the independent stores which give Sheffield its character. Much-loved historical buildings such as Leah’s Yard and The Citadel (Salvation Army building) will be preserved, as well as facades along Pinstone Street and of the old Sunday School.

As The Outdoor City, Sheffield is well known for its love of green spaces and the environment, and this will be reflected in the development. Its public spaces will be of the same high quality as other popular spots like the Peace Gardens and there will be plenty of space for both pedestrians and cyclists, as well as over 2000 car parking spaces.

Not only will the buildings have live, growing ‘green roofs’ with sustainable drainage systems, but some could have ‘brown roofs’ providing different habitats and some could have ‘blue roofs’ which will collect rainwater for use in the scheme. Solar panels and district heating are amongst the other options in the plans.

The Council has submitted an outline planning application to allow flexibility as it works in partnership with potential occupants, retailers and development partners.

A decision is expected on the application by the end of the year, and if it receives consent a more detailed application can then be submitted.

Notices have been served on the small number of businesses and residents still on site, so that preparatory work can begin as soon as possible. The Council is committed to working closely with those affected to make sure they can find alternative homes and premises nearby.

Formal comments on the application must be made via Planning applications.

Regular updates on the scheme, and opportunities to comment as it progresses, will be made public through further stakeholder events, the local media, social media and the website www.sheffieldretailquarter.com

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Notes to editors:

These are the reference numbers of the applications:
15/02917/OUT (Outline application for the whole site)
Comprehensive re-development scheme comprising a retail-led mixed use scheme, including demolition of existing buildings and associated structures, the closure and alteration of highways, engineering works and and erection of new buildings for retail (A1/A2), food •& drink (A3/A4/A5), office floorspace (B1) and residential accommodation (C3) with ancillary development including new and enhanced pedestrian routes, open spaces, car parking, vehicular access and servicing facilities.

15/02938/FUL (Full planning application for demolition of unlisted buildings within the site boundary)
Facade retention of buildings: 30 – 42, 88 – 92 & 94 -104 Pinstone street, demolition of buildings: 78 – 82 Pinstone Street, 24 – 26, 28 (facade), 30, 32 -34 (rear only), 36, 38 – 40 & 35 – 41 Cambridge Street, 2 – 4 & 10 – 16 Wellington Street, 4 – 8, 1 – 11 & 19 Charles Street , 31 Burgess Street, John Lewis Store, Barker’s Pool & Multi Storey car park, 11 – 21 Barker’s Pool, Barker’s Pool House, Burgess Street & 14 Cross Burgess Street.

15/02939/FUL & 15/02940/LBC (Full planning & listed building application for 32 Cambridge St)
Demolition of part of building and retention, making good and stabilising of the elevation fronting Cambridge Street and part retention of the elevation and roof fronting Bethel Walk.

15/02941/FUL & 15/02942/LBC (Full planning & listed building application for Leah’s Yard 20-22 Cambridge St)
Alterations and refurbishment of building including stabilisation and repair works.

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.

Economic Value
• The total investment for Sheffield Retail Quarter will be determined in partnership with a new development partner; however it is expected to be in the region of £480 million.

• Sheffield Retail Quarter is expected to create construction jobs and new additional permanent jobs in the city centre of around 2500.

• The development of Sheffield Retail Quarter would also generate additional rates income which the Council can retain under the New Development Deal the Council was awarded by the Government in November 2012 and became operational in April 2013. This increased income also allows the council to raise finance which will be invested in the delivery of Sheffield Retail Quarter.

• The scheme is estimated to draw back some £300 million per annum of available spend that is currently being spent in other regions.

• The scheme, combined with Meadowhall will move Sheffield into the top 10 retail centres in the UK.

Retail demand in Sheffield City Centre
(Source: Sheffield City Centre Retail Needs Study by Harper Dennis Hobbs)
• Sheffield Retail Quarter will benefit the city centre as a whole: retail spend will also increase in existing key retail areas such as The Moor (£27.5 million) and the Devonshire Quarter (£18.1 million), compared to 2015. These areas will benefit as Sheffield Retail Quarter, alongside the extension of The Moor, will help to attract higher numbers of shoppers to the city centre but the retailers present will not overlap.

• The city centre will offer a complete retail offer, segmented into specific zones, creating both a varied and easily navigable shopping experience. The scheme will finally unite the key areas in the city centre to create a continuous retail pitch from The Moor, through Sheffield Retail Quarter and up to Fargate. Sheffield Retail Quarter and Fargate will be the centre-piece of the city’s retail with the best mid-market brands and upper mid-market brands trading, whereas The Moor will offer a comfortable environment for value-oriented shopping, and The Devonshire Quarter will continue to be a breeding ground for exciting vintage and independent brands.

• Demand from retailers currently outstrips supply, in terms of good quality, modern retail space. Many of the UK’s largest retail brands, such as H&M, Next, New Look and Topshop, trade from stores that are over 60 per cent smaller than their average store size in UK cities with a similar population. These retailers are unable to trade to their full potential due to their severely limited space.

• Sheffield Retail Quarter will move Sheffield city centre from 43rd place to 32nd place in HDH’s UK retail rankings. Sheffield City Centre currently sits alongside Northampton and Stoke-on-Trent, which are not suitable comparisons for a city of Sheffield’s size.

• Online spend now accounts for 15 per cent of total retail spend in Sheffield’s catchment. Sheffield Retail Quarter will be a future-proof scheme designed to account for this new omni-channel retail environment.

• Only 19 per cent of Meadowhall’s retailers are also trading in the city centre, compared to a benchmark average of 53 per cent. This shows that there is significant potential for retailers to take a 2nd store, in the city centre.

• When analysing the catchment customer base there is a clear discrepancy between supply and demand in terms of retail. 36 per cent of Sheffield’s shoppers require a mid-market retailer offer, compared to the 23 per cent supply. Moreover 10 per cent of shoppers require upper mid-market/premium retail against a supply of only 2 per cent.

• Sheffield’s daytime working population is relatively aspirational, with over 18,000 managers, directors & senior officials and over 38,000 professional occupations. These affluent workers tend to have high annual retail spends and Sheffield Retail Quarter will be designed with them in-mind, for instance integrating on-the-go catering.

• Sheffield city centre is significantly under-supplied in terms of specific types of retail floor space when compared to comparable city centres:
– 7.4 per cent of the retail is fashion based, compared to an average of 19.2 per cent.
– 4.0 per cent of health & beauty floor space, compared to an average of 7.0 per cent.
– 12.7 per cent of catering floor space, compared to 21.4 per cent.

• There are 60,000 students at 2 world-renowned universities based in the city centre, with annual spend of some £223 million. Together these universities account for over 10,000 international students, including over 3,500 Chinese students. These international students have high retail spends in their own right, but also attract significant additional spend from regular international visitors.