Friday, November 16, 2018

News: Plans in for new Rotherham restaurant

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Having seen planning permission turned down for a real ale / craft beer bar, new plans have now been revealed that would create a new restaurant inside empty retail units in a popular Rotherham suburb.

Rothbiz reported in June that Rotherham Council were refusing to allow current and new drinking establishments to take on retail units close to The Courtyard in Wickersley.

A new craft beer style bar wanted to open in the former Village Butcher premises on Bawtry Road and an application followed from the owners of The Courtyard who wanted to expand the popular bar into an adjacent retail unit.

Concerns about late night noise nuisance were raised and the plans were refused as they would reduce the percentage of A1 (retail) uses below 65% in the area, contrary to newly adopted local planning policies.

Now a new application has been submitted that involves fitting out the current shell of three units on Bawtry Road to combine them to form a new A3 restaurant unit. The buildings current consents are for Retail (A1) and Sui Generis Uses. Sui Generis means a use that does not fall within any particular use class.

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The plans, drawn up by SLA Design, state: "The site currently comprises of three adjacent unoccupied retail units which were previously used as a butcher, a delicatessen and a tattoo parlour. The butchers and deli front immediately onto Bawtry Road but the tattoo parlour fronts into the Courtyard.

"The proposal involves "knocking through" and combining all three units whilst fully fitting out the new unit with a new kitchen, toilets and front of house furniture."

The applicant is Martin Green, joint owner of the bar at The Courtyard who lives in Rotherham and is managing director of leading entertainment provider, Redtooth.

Opening hours of 8:30am until 12am seven days a week are proposed, enabling "Seasons Restaurant" to cater for breakfast, lunchtime and dinner.

Access would be from inside the courtyard.

A planning statement is being prepared but the applicants have stated that: "It is highly unlikely that the proposed development will have any impact upon the amenities of the existing residents in the locality and the surrounding businesses as similar operating hours and servicing arrangements are to be adopted as per the existing businesses around the site."

Rotherham Council's highways department has already raised concerns that the restaurant use has the potential to generate increased parking demand and affect nearby residential streets.

Over the road, at The Tanyard, a planning application was recently approved to enable QFM Group, the Sheffield-based developer and operator of a number of fast food franchises, to create two new units with flats above at the former home of Edward Healy & Sons.

With updated designs to address concerns over visual amenity and overlooking, planners concluded that the proposed development represents an acceptable form of development in this locality.

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News: Clipper's Rotherham site to serve Adnams

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A new partnership between Clipper Logistics and cask ale brewery, Adnams will be serviced from Clipper's Rotherham warehouse.

Clipper Logistics is a retail solutions provider which has its headquarters in Leeds. Its logistics network supports key customers such as Asda, John Lewis, Harvey Nichols, ASOS, M&S and Pretty Little Things.

As part of the new deal, Clipper will provide end-to-end supply chain management, packing, storage and online order fulfilment capabilities for the award-winning brewer, distiller and retailer.

The location of the 670 year old Adnams brewery in Suffolk has led to restrictions in carrier choice, and as a result, has impacted the daily cut-off order time for customers.

Clipper's integrated solution based at Hellaby in Rotherham will allow Adnams to extend their operational window, offering customers a later cut-off order time for next day delivery.

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John Welsh, general manager, Rotherham for Clipper Logistics, said: "As premium and craft beer consumption continues to rise, we are delighted to partner with Adnams, offering them the sophisticated storage and supply chain facilities that they need. We are pleased that our "agility matched by ability" ethos resonates with Adnams, enabling us to address their current operational challenges, and provide them with the foundation for future growth."

The solution also offers Adnams increased growth opportunities by providing additional storage facilities to alleviate the space constraints Adnams had been experiencing with their existing in-house solution. Clipper's Rotherham location also offers Adnams the ability to operate under bond as volume sales increase.

Charlie Darton, head of marketing for Adnams, said: "Clipper's reputation for innovative and industry-leading logistics solutions meant that when we were looking to expand our offering, they were an obvious choice. By relocating to Rotherham with Clipper, we have not only been able to offer our customers a later cut-off time for their orders, but we are also now in a position to grow our operations. The scale and efficiency they are providing us with is ensuring that our ever-increasing customer demands are being met."

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News: ENGIE inspiring next generation of construction talent

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60 schoolchildren visited a live construction site to see the work that energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE is carrying out on behalf of Sigma Capital Group plc and Sheffield Housing Company (SHC).

The previous owners of Keepmoat, the Doncaster-based affordable housing and community regeneration specialist, sold its regeneration arm to ENGIE, a French headquartered multinational firm, for an estimated £330m in 2017. The regeneration team, now known as Places & Communities, is based at offices in Manvers, Rotherham and was previously Bramall Construction.

Reception students, aged four and five, from Prince Edward Primary School, made the short trip to site to see the development of 256 homes, located off Fitzhurbert Road in the Manor area of Sheffield.

The event was hosted by ENGIE, with contracts manager Leigh Nurse giving the children a tour around the perimeter of the site.

ENGIE will build new homes in Manor over two phases; with 163 available for private rent through Sigma's Simple Life PRS brand; while the final 93 properties on the scheme will be managed by SHC for open market sale.

Leigh (pictured, left) said: "At ENGIE, we believe it is really important to inspire the next generation of construction talent to visit our developments, to understand the dangers of construction sites and to ask any questions they might have about the work taking place.

"We would like to thank the children, parents and teachers for visiting the development, and look forward to building on our relationship with the school in the future, along with the rest of the local community."

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Lee Catterall, project manager at Sigma, added: "With a heritage in regeneration, supporting the local community is a value held very highly at Sigma.

"Good local schools is a key factor in our location strategy and we are always looking at ways in which we can support the local community on an on-going basis, so we are really pleased that together with our partner ENGIE, we are able to welcome local schools to our sites."

Matt Sieczkarek, headteacher at Prince Edward Primary School, added: "Our youngest children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and brought learning back into the classroom. Their excitement carried on for days. As a school, we are very grateful for the opportunities to make links and forge relationships with ENGIE."

ENGIE is also building 77 new homes off East Bank Road in Sheffield on behalf of Sigma and SHC, comprised of 58 properties for private rent, and 19 for open market sale. All 333 new homes, worth a collective £43m, will complete in March 2020.

John Clephan, project director with SHC (pictured, right), said: "It was great that the schoolchildren came to find out about this significant development in their neighbourhood. Alongside building high quality homes for sale, shared ownership and rent, involving and supporting the communities in which we work is also very important and events like this are a fantastic way of doing this."

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

News: C.F. Booth back in profit

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Rotherham-based, C.F. Booth, one of the largest independently run recycling companies in Europe, has returned to profitability having refocused on its core activity of metal recycling.

The company specialises in metal recycling and metal ingot manufacturing of both ferrous and non ferrous metals for UK import and export. Their Clarence Metal Works on Armer Street is thought to be the largest scrapyard in Europe.

Established in 1920 it has grown from a local metal trader to offer a range of services including specialist forms of scrap metal recycling and the trading and processing of all grades of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap. the group employs around 300 staff.

For the year to March 31 2018, turnover at the family firm increased by £19.9m to £139.8m, an increase of 16.7% on the previous year. It meant that the firm was back in profit with a profit for the year before taxation of £576,000 compared to a loss in 2017 of £231,000.

Metal recycling accounted for £132.9m of turnover. £63.2m of the total turnover came from overseas trade.

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A financial report from the company states: "Considerable work was done in the previous year to restructure the business and to streamline operations in order to refocus the group on its core activity of metal recycling. The comprehensive restructuring plan involved two of our group companies downsizing significantly and relocating their operations to reduce costs and improve efficiency."

Bosses put the increase in sales down to a further improvement in market conditions during the year, adding: "The group trades predominantly with assets linked to commodity prices and as a result it is highly exposed to movements in the price of metals. Metal prices remained buoyant during 2017 and 2018, with prices at 31 March 2018 being 30% - 35% higher than the lows reached during 2016. Exports represented 45% of total sales which consistent to 2017 (45%)."

Turnover at the group rose annually from £42m in 2000 and peaked at £272.3m in 2012 before being hit by lower metal prices.

The report also adds that C.F. Booth secured long term finance and repaid its overdraft facilities with NatWest bank, giving it a strong financial position with working capital to invest in further growth.

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News: Rotherham Starbucks plans brewing

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Plans for new units at a business park in Rotherham have been updated with a proposed Burger King outlet removed but the Starbucks unit remaining.

Rothbiz reported last year that Essex-based Burney Estates, commercial property developers with a nationwide portfolio of properties, was hoping to secure planning permission for a development at Swallownest, servicing the Beighton Link business park and passing trade.

Adjacent to the Elmwood Farm pub and large Pricecheck headquarters, the plans show updated proposals for on an undeveloped plot adjacent to the roundabout where Chesterfield Road and the A57 meet.

The proposal has a 1,800 sq ft Starbucks drive-thru situated to the north of the site. It is set to have a modern appearance with a glazed frontage positioned against timber cladding with grey cladding panels. A 1,200 sq ft A1 unit is planned to the south of the proposed development, replacing the proposed Burger King. Access is set to be from Chesterfield Road.

The plans, drawn up by Dovetail Architects, sate: "The development of Starbucks is a positive addition as it will provide jobs to the local community. Starbucks drive thru usually has an employment intake of 25 staffs with 15 Full time and ten part-time employees.

"Generally A1 units tend to employ five staff on both full time and part time basis. This brings additional employment to the local area and helps boost the local economy."

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As the site is out of town, a sequential test is included in the plans in line with "town centre first" national and local planning policies. Sequential tests ensure that development is located in the most sustainable location first (usually in town centres), before other, less sustainable locations are chosen.

The test concludes that there no sequentially preferable sites, discounting sites at Parkgate, Masbrough, and the town centre which are considered unsuitable for reasons of location, size of premises of site or layout of the premises.

The plans add: "The proposal simply provides a stopping off place before car drivers reach their destinations and have no reason to access the town centre. This will not interfere in any material way with the vitality and vibrancy of the town centre."

With over 28,000 stores worldwide Seattle-based Starbucks plan to open 1,000 franchise stores in the UK over the next five to seven years, of varying asset types, partnering with a maximum of 25 franchisees.

Starbucks' first UK franchised business partner, 23.5 Degrees is hoping to operate the Beighton Link outlet. 23.5 Degrees, opened its first store in February 2013 and now have 50 stores across the UK with another 27 in the pipeline over the next year.

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