Plan submitted for Don Valley renewal

A key site on the western fringes of Sheffield is set to undergo a multi-million pound redevelopment under plans submitted this week.

Regeneration firm Menta has submitted a masterplan to the city council for the 17ha former Union Carbide site at Middlewood in a bid to create a £175 million mixed-use community.

The developer hopes that the Beeley Wood Sustainable Community project will help to deliver major infrastructure improvements at the Claywheels Lane Industrial Estate, where the former chemicals site is located. Menta acquired the site from Graphtec International last year and has been decommissioning and remediating it since then.

Plans include a road and pedestrian bridge linking the site to the Supertram network to help relieve traffic congestion in Hillsborough and other parts of north Sheffield. The masterplan also includes 550 homes to help attract a workforce to the city.

Menta director Craig Marks said: "This is an area that is suffering from industrial decay. We are trying to create the right mix of accommodation and employment opportunities and also to help improve the environment."

Menta drew up the plan with a team of consultants including Building Design Partnership and Cushman & Wakefield Healey & Baker.

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