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Meadowhall seeks £300 million expansion

Meadowhall seeks £300 million expansion

British Land has submitted a planning application for a £300 million extension to the Meadowhall centre in Sheffield.

The scheme would see a 330,000 sq ft addition to the existing centre, with the new 'Leisure Hall' space including a cinema, gym, restaurants and public open spaces, including room for performing arts. There will also be a 'living wall' on new car parks, cycle lanes and charging points for electric cars.

Meadowhall Centre director and president of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Darren Pearce described the plan as a "major milestone" for the centre, which currently has 230 shops. Sheffield City Council is expected to make a decision on the application in the spring. If the green light is given, 540 construction jobs will be created, with 1,500 permanent posts following once the new hall is up and running.

The plan was backed by executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Richard Wright. He said: "The Leisure Hall will retain spend in Sheffield city region by ensuring residents do not need to travel out of the area to fulfil their shopping and leisure needs.

"We welcome British Land's exciting plans and lend our wholehearted support.

"They will reinvigorate Meadowhall and serve as a catalyst for further investment in the region."

Meadowhall was originally planned as a means of regenerating the Don Valley, where industrial decline led to high levels of unemployment and urban blight. Constructed on the site of a former steelworks, it opened in 1990.

However, while it provided plenty of shops, other centres built later, such as the Trafford Centre in Manchester (1998), had both more shops and extensive leisure, catering and entertainment facilities.

As well as being an important feature of Sheffield's economy, Meadowhall was also set to host the city's HS2 station, before revised plans switched to the city centre. However, the site is connected to the heart of Sheffield by both rail and tram services.

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