Outline plans are now lodged. Credit: via Font Comms

SYMCA support confirmed for Cannon Brewery

Capital&Centric’s plans to deliver a 550-home redevelopment of the Sheffield site have been given a £11.7m boost by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

SYMC’s board has approved support for a slate of projects amounting to around £80m across the city region, covering all four local authority areas.

This includes £15m to support housing projects, the lion’s share going to the C&C plan under the banner of brownfield housing and infrastructure support. Also approved was Plot 2 Olive Lane Waverley, with £890,000 going to Forge New Homes; and £2.7m in retrofit funding for Doncaster Council.

Outline plans for the derelict Cannon site in Neepsend, where Stones bitter was once brewed, were lodged this summer by the developer.

The plans, examined by Place Yorkshire in greater depth here, feature at this stage around 550 rental homes, new workplaces and spaces for independent shops, delis and café-bars.

The C&C vision also includes a green urban park surrounding the existing water tower on site, as well as a new public square surrounded by shops and cafes, with spaces for pop-up events. The project architect is shedkm.

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital&Centric, said: “Cannon Brewery has seen decades of dereliction, it’s a challenging site but has bags of potential that we want to tap into.

“This is a really welcome move that unlocks a new future for the site, with high-quality homes, workplaces and green public spaces for people to enjoy. Cannon Brewery will be a considered extension of the city centre, done in a way that respects and complements the character and personality of Neepsend’s industrial heritage.”

The brewery, made up of two triangular plots bordered by Neepsend Lane and Boyland Street, closed for good in 1999. Enabling works on bringing the site back to use for the 21st century could begin early in 2024, subject to planning approval.

Higgins continued: “Sheffield is on an exciting trajectory. There’s more jobs and investment coming into the city, and with that more people wanting to base themselves here. You can see that with the level of development happening across the city.

“It’s fantastic to see the Mayoral Combined Authority supporting further transformation of Sheffield, with Cannon Brewery a key piece of the city’s future fabric.”

The developer is also responsible for Eyewitness Works in the city, along with a host of schemes in the North West.

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