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Meadowhall expansion gets go-ahead

Meadowhall expansion gets go-ahead

Plans for a £300 million extension of the Meadowhall centre in Sheffield have been given the go-ahead.

The huge shopping centre, which was opened in 1990, has been undergoing a £60 million refurbishment this year, but owners British Land have been seeking permission to extend the site by 330,000 sq ft.

Sheffield City Council has granted planning permission for the project, despite the objections of some businesses elsewhere in the city who were concerned that the development could lead to a loss of trade for them. 

The new expansion will include a gym, cinema and numerous new restaurants. As well as creating construction jobs during the three-year building process, it will provide 1,500 permanent jobs. A key visual feature of the development will be the glass latticework canopy, an undulating roof that will maximise the amount of natural light getting into the building. 

Work is expected to begin next year, with the project finishing in 2021. 

Spokesman for landowner British Land Charles Maudsley said the development would provide a £24 million boost to the Sheffield economy each year.

He stated: "It sits alongside other significant investments in the city centre and elsewhere, and ensures the area continues to play a key role in the UK economy, creating jobs and a skilled workforce, improving the quality of life for residents and enhancing its appeal to visitors."

Meadowhall was originally developed as part of efforts to revive the Don Valley area, which had suffered heavily from the decline of the city's traditional steel industry during the 1980s. 

It already has direct rail and tram links with the city centre and was originally due to be the site of the Sheffield station on the HS2 north-eastern spur. However, the revised final blueprint will now take the line through the city centre instead, despite the controversy caused by the upcoming demolition of part of a new housing estate near Doncaster due to the change.

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