Friday, August 2, 2013

News: Sports facility plan for empty unit

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An empty commercial unit in Rotherham could be given a new lease of life as a local sports facility if recently submitted plans are approved.

A planning application has been submitted to convert an empty 75,000 sq ft warehouse on Eastwood Trading Estate, previously used by KP Nuts and Asda, to provide four large 5-a-side football pitches, with additional cricket practice nets within the existing covered loading area.

A gym could also be created on the first floor at a later date as the business builds up.

Langtree's Chesterwood unit has been marketed for some time at much reduced rates, without receiving interest from companies for use as an industrial site.

In the plans, applicant Bilal Nazir said: "With this community football facility we are seeking to meet local demand for indoor football coaching and mini soccer in the area. The facility is proposed to be open seven days a week from 9am in the morning until 11pm in the evening. It will provide indoor football pitches for use by a variety of ages and will seek to build relationships with local schools and community clubs.

"Currently there isn't a purpose indoor football centre within Rotherham and we believe due to the adverse weather conditions in the UK there is a significant need."

The plans add that the leisure usage will have no adverse effect on any neighbouring business. Similar uses are already taking place in the area with an inline roller skating facility, the Simply Skate Arena, operating on the trading estate. 2009 plans for an indoor football and bowls facility were also approved for a smaller unit on Fitzwilliam Road.

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