Massive Meadowhall extension plans include second cinema

Meadowhall could grow by a fifth
Meadowhall could grow by a fifth

Meadowhall owner British Land is drawing up plans for a second cinema, bars and restaurants in a massive new extension.

A company report states it wants to build a 330,000sq ft ‘leisure scheme’ in the medium-term. A planning application is expected next year.

A British Land spokeswoman said they had already been in “very positive” discussions with Sheffield City Council.

The extension would be a fifth the size of the existing shopping centre.

If granted, it would take it to a total size of more than 1.7m sq ft.

Meadowhall, one of only six ‘super regional’ shopping centres in the UK, has 230 stores, an 11-screen cinema, restaurants and cafes in 1.4m sq ft of space.

The proposal comes on top of a £55m refurbishment of the shopping centre.

The city council opposed plans for a £10m Next Home store on a plot next to Meadowhall, owned by British Land, over fears it could harm shops in the city centre.

The decision was overturned on appeal in 2013.

Plans for a £480m New Retail Quarter in Sheffield city centre are still on the drawing board after more than 12 years.