Plans have been submitted to Sheffield Council for the creation of four new retail units and a potential gym at the award winning Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre.

The application seeks to convert the ground floor at the north east of the Centre’s East Mall entrance into four new retail units.

In addition, the proposal also includes using the first floor for conversion into either a gym or a nursery.

The works would include the introduction of a glazed external facade with four glazed entrance doors into the units directly accessible from the Red Car Park.

The proposal would help to improve the appearance of this aspect of the Centre and the new retail units would be able to operate on flexible hours, allowing a different range of possible uses.

The plans would include widening of the footpath directly in front of the new units, which would require minor alterations to the existing parking layout.

This would make the entrances safe for access by pedestrians and also at the same time create extra disabled parking bays.

The proposed timber cladding and grey panels would add a more contemporary aesthetic and relate to the materials and appearance of the existing M&S and Sainsbury’s stores.

Centre Manager Lee Greenwood said: “The introduction of these four new units on the ground floor of the East Mall will provide an opportunity to enhance both the appearance of the Centre and its overall offering.

“Our aim is to offer a pleasant retail experience for customers and the restructuring of these units, as well as the introduction of a facility like an on-site gym, will serve to attract potential new uses, with flexible hours promoting greater use of the overall facilities.

“This proposal will also improve the appearance of this part of the Centre, upgrading the existing eastern facade, creating a more outward-looking contemporary parade of shop units.

“As we continue to celebrate our 30th anniversary year we hope that our customers will be as excited as we are at the possibility of adding even greater value to the Crystal Peaks experience.”