Friday, February 21, 2014

News: Progress for £7.5m TradeWorld development

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Detailed plans have been revealed for a warehouse and trade counter development on an industrial site at Parkgate in Rotherham.

Litton Properties purchased the Ruscon engineering works on Rotherham Road in 2003 but plans for a DIY retail store and garden centre were refused in 2005. Outline planning permission was granted in 2006 for a warehouse development with 20% of the floorspace approved for retail use.

Detailed plans for seven units were approved in 2008 but have not been developed out. Now a detailed planning application has been submitted for nine trade counter units totalling 47,000 sq ft, with a tenth unit, a purpose built vehicle repair workshop for National Tyres and Autocare, the UK's largest independent tyre and automotive parts retailer.

The plans for the TradeWorld development, drawn up by Sheffield architects, Bond Bryan, show the ten units, ranging in size from 2,200 sq ft to 5,200 sq ft, complete with 111 standard car parking spaces and access from a new entrance from Rotherham Road.

The applicants are willing to stick to a condition that would see only 20% of the trade counter space used for retail use and do not believe that the inclusion of smaller units than those originally approved will lead to any significant adverse impact upon Rotherham town centre.

Litton Property Group, the Derbyshire based property development and investment group, is currently in talks with occupiers for the finished scheme. These include plumber and electrical merchants, automotive parts suppliers, equipment hire centres, window suppliers, tool supplier and hire centres, building products suppliers, a coating systems company, an air conditioning hire company, a decorators merchants and a heating and bathroom product supplier.

Topps Tiles and Wickes had been highlighted as would-be occupiers in the previously approved plans.

The plans state: "The proposals will make a significant contribution to the creation of a strong, competitive local economy. The development will deliver the physical and economic development of this brownfield site and will enable its comprehensive development to provide a modern commercial development. This will deliver inward investment in this area and will bring this site back into productive economic use.

"The proposals will also create job opportunities for local people, construction jobs during the development period and associated industries will benefit from the ongoing serving and maintenance of the buildings as well as local supply chain networks. This will boost the local economy and contribute to the economic development of the area."

A decision on the application is expected in May with the developers hoping to start work on site in June with the demolition of the existing building.

Litton Properties website

Images: Litton Properties / Bond Bryan

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