By Nick Butler

Don Valley Stadium SheffieldJuly 23 - Sheffield City Council have drawn up a development brief seeking partners to express interest in plans to redevelop the 26 acre Don Valley Stadium site, following proposals in March for an "advanced park for sport and well-being".

The Stadium, which is due to controversially close at the end of September to coincide with the opening of the newly refurbished Woodbourn Road Stadium, is being advertised as part of a "strategic mixed use development opportunity with a central theme of sport, leisure and well-being."

Sheffield MP and Britain's former Sports Minister, Richard Caborn, said: "Following the launch earlier this year we are looking for expressions of interest in the site from developers or partners seeking to build on the ideas which have emerged locally and attracted a considerable amount of interest.

"The aim is to have partners on board by October to enable delivery.

"This is an economic wealth generation project which would take the Don Valley Stadium site from being underutilised to becoming an economic driver for the Sheffield City Region, capable of providing comprehensive delivery of the Olympic legacy.

"It has the potential to build, even further, the sports, leisure and related wellness sector in the region, providing real and measurable impact on sporting performance and health and well-being at many levels."

The announcement follows Caborn's proposal in March for an "advanced park for sport and well-being," which will include new homes being provided for the rugby league and union teams Sheffield Eagles and Titans - as well as facilities for basketball, gymnastics and snooker.

The plans also include a second University Technical College for Sheffield and offices for the new National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, as well as a high performance centre linking the critical mass of professional and elite sport on the site.

Don Valley Stadium newAn artists' impression of how the proposed new Don Valley Stadium site will look after it has been renovated

Caborn described the plans as "the biggest Olympic legacy project outside of London", having the potential to create hundreds of jobs and having received a warm welcome and support from Sebastian Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association and the Government's Olympic Ambassador.

Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, added: "We expect to see strong interest in redeveloping the site, and some strong proposals that will help us to achieve a quality transformation of this strategic sporting site over the coming years.

"These are ambitious plans to help us create a culture of health and well-being for local people.

"The development would support our aim of helping everyone - of all ages and backgrounds - keep active and stay healthy.

"In the same area we've already got the newly refurbished Woodbourn Road Stadium opening in autumn, as well as the English Institute of Sport and Ice Sheffield approaching 10 years of successful sporting activity.

"We want to add to this and create something new and exciting that will benefit everyone."

Expressions of interest are required to be sent to Stuart Longbottom, Sheffield City Council's development manager of capital and major projects.

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