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  1. I think you and NewBiz are being a bit black & white here. It isn't true to say that no developer ever ends up building any affordable housing, ever. Of course affordable housing gets built, it's just that often the amount that is eventually agreed on and physically built is often much less than originally agreed at first, and yes, quite often that ends up being nothing. It's a tug of war between developer and council planning office - weighted by law & resources in favour of the developer - and to that end, there will be obvious losses but also some successes. Not every Developer is powerful and resourceful enough to completely overcome the planning system, and it's also fair to say that screwing over the local planning office every time isn't necessarily in a Developers interests either? I think Planner1 describes the situation very well. It's not a great one - I don't think you or Planner1 would disagree on that - but it should explain why planners do what they do. Aim high, follow the national guidance, work with what they've got to secure the most of the agreed plans and hope that they can secure as much of that as they can. What else would you have them do? Do nothing? Not bother? 5% affordable housing is better than the development not going ahead at all.
  2. What a weird comment? Clearly not true. Sure, a lot of city centre flats will tend to be focused towards students, and you have pockets outside the city centre like Ecclesall Road, Broomhill, Crookes (and even those areas still have probably just as many non-students living in the area); but the vast majority of Sheffield is free of students full stop, let alone in any great numbers.
  3. Most of The Moor has been/is being redeveloped with private investment, as most developments generally are. Save for the odd self-financed building (think the new market may have been council money?) very few developments, however civic-focussed they may appear, are proposed by the council. If developers are hot for the Moor, luke warm for the NRQ area around John Lewis, and wouldn't think about building retail or offices around castlegate even if you paid them, then the council really have to go with the flow...
  4. Chelsea Park is lovely, mainly due to the fact that it's quiet, cos no one knows about it.. I've never noticed a dog poo problem?
  5. Where? The section between Dove Holes & Whalley Bridge isn't in the peak district; there is a tiny stretch that bypasses Taddington between Buxton & Bakewell. Certainly nothing akin to the M62 though. I think dualling the Snake or Woodhead passes would be largely pointless (not to mention excessively expensive) in terms of improving speed/traffic congestion - they take you largely uninterrupted across 95% of the Peak District; the real issue is (and I don't agree with Penistone999 often/ever) the urban pinch points through Glossop, Mottram, etc.
  6. Sheffield Forum: "THE COUNCIL WASTE OUR MONEY AND ARE INEFFICIENT " Also Sheffield Forum: "Why aren't the council paying someone to wander around aimlessly looking for problems that no one has so far complained about?"
  7. There are 3 at the new HSBC building by the top of the moor, and about another 7 around top of Rockingham Street, and Hollis Croft & Garden Street working on 2-3 projects. If you're in the north, you can probably see the one in Kelham Island/Shalesmoore too
  8. This race and others have taken other routes before. The 10k used to go down Penistone Road to Hillsborough, and the half-marathon used to go Don Valley to hunters bar and back. The tour de France shut down roads right across the North of the city. Ecclesall Road is popular as it's the place with the most cafes etc. and dare I suggest It, the place most likely to have crowds coming out and lining the streets. I live near hunters bar and got all the way to Kelham Island and back during and just after the race with minimum disruption. Just cut across to Bramall Lane then round the ring road. Took maybe 2-3 mins longer than usual. Roads were actually open again by 11:30 when I went down to Ecclesall Road to the shop.
  9. Battlepup, there was not much mentioned, and not much officially reported still. Understanding is that following an altercation between two groups from the local area, a man has been shot and seriously injured. Some reports that it may be linked to a recent stabbing involving the same groups. None of this verified though. Edit: oops; partially verified in The Star, my mistake.
  10. It hasn't stalled, there's a lot of work that has been done on the lower blocks.
  11. What?! You’re not seriously equating market research etc. to ‘mind reading’ are you?! It’s pretty common practice! A good evening retail economy gives you more than an hour to do your shopping! And that’s if you can get to the shops for 5pm; I work at the Northern General and I can get to town from my office 5:20pm earliest. I didn’t say it wasn’t quiet. That’s not what we’ve been disagreeing on. I agree with you on that. Stop being deliberately antagonistic. There are a lot of people who live and work in Sheffield city centre, but not enough to warrant an evening retail economy at this time. And it’s much fewer people than live & work in Leeds or Manchester city centres. Cyclone: People with much more experience than you or I in running retail businesses, and who have done far more market research than you or me ever have, are all of the opinion that late opening times in Sheffield city centre are not currently economically viable. I do not understand why you think simply opening the doors would change that to such a significant degree as to make that research wrong. I can’t keep repeating myself Cyclone. I think it’s best you and I just leave this one there.
  12. Planner1 is referring to market research that retailers will have done to see IF they opened WOULD enough people use them (current answer: no). Not just 'of course no one shops; the shops aren't open. Why don't they just open?'. Wrong. Like I said, there actually ARE people in the city centre, workers, residents, there for other reasons. A worker finishes work at 5pm and asks themselves, 'I need to buy some clothes - why isn't H&M open?'. But there currently aren't enough people in that situation to warrant the shops opening (whilst remaining profitable). I have contributed opinions to this thread, you're just blind to it. Quote tag fixed - sorry to have offended. Way to stick to the debate though, and not just attack my post without contributing.
  13. I'm sure it's very obvious to the council! But the council don't have the power to simply open all the shops up and 'hey presto! Shoppers'! I'm really not sure what you're trying to add to this debate by simply pointing out that no one shops in the evening in town because none of the shops are open?! The question is why aren't they... You're showing up just how much you're failing to grasp the concepts of market research and business risk with this paragraph. I'll wager that some of the biggest and most successful retailers in the country know what they're talking about and know how to do research. They ask people, they look at other cities, they don't just look out the window and decide, 'oh, there's no one about so no one wants to shop in the evening'. And to suggest that they all just take a punt on opening late and hope people come shopping clearly doesn't take in to account the limited risk that retailers are willing to take and the research they do to establish that risk. Meadowhall is a different place. The owners/retailers of Meadowhall knew that if they provided an undercover shopping centre with a variety of stores, by a motorway with free parking, that X number of people would shop in the evening, and that that number would make it financially viable to open. Sheffield city centre retailers clearly do not feel the same is currently true of the city centre, and so do not open late at this time. Obviously...I'm still not sure what you're trying to add to this debate with that conclusion? There are lots of other reasons people are in the city centre. People work and live in city centres, and if there were more people doing that in Sheffield then there would be more shops opening later. It's incremental. Sheffield's city centre residential and working populations are both on the rise, and we will see more retailers open later because of that. Things move slowly, gradually, incrementally towards having a centre with with more retail etc. in the evenings. Things like alive after 5 help, but are only a catalyst that speed along the long-term changes.
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