Tuesday, February 18, 2014

News: Parkgate retail development set for planning approval

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Plans for a new retail development in Rotherham are set to be given planning permission this week, paving the way for the latest Aldi store in the borough.

Land owners, Ron Hull, the Rotherham recycling experts, teamed up with Leeds-based developers, Gregory Projects last year to bring forward a potential retail development on the site of a former car showroom at Great Eastern Way, Parkgate.

An outline planning application was submitted for a 16,000 sq ft discount food store together with 30,000 sq ft of additional retail and leisure facilities along with 200 car parking spaces.

Revised plans show a discount footsore unit for Aldi; a second unit of 6,700 sq ft for general retail "although the probability is that this would be a second discount foodstore"; a third unit of 15,000 sq ft, restricted to sale of bulky goods; A fourth unit of 2,700 sq ft; and a freestanding unit that could provide 18,000 sq ft with an additional mezzanine level.

The plans are set to go before the council's planning board this week with planners recommending that members approve the plans subject to certain conditions.

Planners requested an extended sequential assessment from the applicants and agreed with the assessment that there aren't any sequentially preferable sites available within the defined catchment area for the proposed development. 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 planned development is not expected to have a significant detrimental impact upon Rotherham town centre as diversion of trade would primarily be coming from the out of town Parkgate Shopping. The new development is also expected to strengthen Parkgate centre with linked trips between the two.

The Leeds office of Colliers International is handling the planning process and Yorkshire based civil and structural engineers JPG is also appointed to the project. GVA in Leeds is advising Gregory Projects on the lettings and the Sheffield office of Knight Frank is acting for Ron Hull Jnr Limited.

Aldi, Britain's fastest growing grocer, has also recently had plans approved for a new store on council-owned land at Swallownest in Rotherham.

Further stores are planned for land currently occupied by lighting and conservatory retail units on Bawtry Road in Bramley, and as part of a new mixed use regeneration scheme for the site of the council depot and Lantern Engineering Ltd at Muglet Lane in Maltby.

The UK arm of Germany-based Aldi announced last year that it is planning to invest £181m in the opening of 40 new stores and recently opened its 500th UK store. Recent openings in Rotherham include Manvers, Dinnington and Eastwood.

Gregory Projects website

Images: Gregory Projects / The Harris Partnership

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