Next to open fifth garden store following public inquiry win

A decision to reject plans for an out-of-town Next Home & Garden store in Sheffield has been overturned following a public inquiry.

Next wanted to build a £10m home store near the Meadowhall centre, but the council rejected it because it wants city centre investment.

British Land, acting for Next, appealed against the council decision and a public inquiry overturned it.

Completion is expected by the end of 2014.

Sheffield City Council previously rejected the plan and said the development went against planning policy and would have a negative impact on the city centre.

The company appealed on the grounds the type of store they have proposed, selling fitted kitchens and do-it-yourself goods, would not be suitable for a city centre location and would be well integrated into the surrounding area.

Les Sturch, the council's director of regeneration and development services, said the issue was never about not wanting the store.

"This was about whether Next Home and Garden should be in the city centre or out of town."

He added: "The council believes that a thriving commercial and civic city centre is key to growing the wider economy, and the city centre is often the first priority for suitable new business."

This will be the fifth Next Home & Garden after Shoreham, Warrington, Ipswich and Camberley.


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