Proposed distribution centre could create more than 1,500 jobs

Redeveloping a former Sheffield steelworks site to turn it into a major distribution centre could create at least 1,500 jobs, according to the applicant.

The Outokumpu site, in Shepcote Lane, next to the M1, was closed in 2009 and cleared in 2011, with part of the site turned into two business units in 2019.

A planning application has now been lodged for the building of a warehouse, offices and parking on the remaining plot. If it wins consent, Peel Logistics Property (PLP) says the facility could open by 2024.

A design statement accompanying the application for the 16-hectare plot explains: “The proposal responds to demand from a logistics operator for a regional facility in the Sheffield area.

“The target is  to commence work as soon as possible to deliver an operational building in 2024.

“A secured build-to-suit development will be able to meet an identified need, which will provide in the region of 1,500 jobs and is considered to provide the greatest potential to make best economic use of this site.

“Within the region there is a chronic shortage of immediately deliverable large scale industrial and logistics development sites that are capable of accommodating large footprint industrial and logistics occupiers.”

As well as the permanent jobs in the completed facility, around 360 jobs would be created during construction, according to the application.