Meadowhall site set for major expansion

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Up to 100,000 sqm of vacant land adjacent to Meadowhall could be developed under the scheme

Shops, bars, a hotel and up to 40,000 sqm of office space could be built on land next to Sheffield's Meadowhall Shopping Centre.

British Land, which co-owns Meadowhall, has been granted outline planning permission to develop 17 hectares (42 acres) of vacant land.

According to supporting documents the development could support between 3,090 and 4,810 jobs.

A council report said if approved the scheme, which also includes plans for a car showroom and gym, "will regenerate a large vacant site and has the potential to deliver a significant number of jobs".

Pollution fears

It added that while the proposal would "marginally worsen air quality", the benefits "significantly outweigh" the negatives.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service a number of councillors had raised concerns about pollution, and Green Party Councillor Rob Murphy voted against the scheme.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Roger Davison said: "We do need to do something about the air quality in that area as people are already suffering.

"It certainly looks a lot nicer down Attercliffe than 50 years ago, and people wouldn't recognise it now, but in those days you could see the smoke - now we have unseen pollution.

"We really have to tackle this and I hope we can take measures, not just mitigate it but reduce it."

British Land said previously approved plans for a £300m extension of the shopping centre itself were currently "under review".

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