Tuesday, June 10, 2014

News: Pub restaurant plans submitted

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Plans for a regeneration scheme centred around new food retail units have been submitted for a prominent brownfield site at Eastwood, Rotherham.

The vacant 2.44 acre (0.99 hectare) site at Mushroom Roundabout was previously home to a D.C. Cook car dealership and associated external display area but has been empty since 2008 following demolition. Netto was progressing plans for the site before they were acquired by ASDA in 2011.

Now a planning application has come forward from Northern Retail Ltd that shows how the site could become home to a two-storey Toby Carvery pub and family restaurant, a two-storey KFC restaurant and two smaller restaurant / take away units, together with over 100 car parking spaces and vehicular access from Aldwarke Lane and exit onto Sycamore Road.

Toby Carvery is a family friendly restaurant targeted specifically at the family dining market and is one of the brands operated by Mitchells & Butlers, the UK's largest operator of managed restaurants and pubs. The £1.8 billion turnover group expect to deliver around 35 new site acquisitions and conversions this financial year. With around 250 covers, the proposed new Fitzwilliam Road carvery would be the first in the borough.

Wilton Developments and fast food specialists, QFM are also involved in the plans, which state that the development would create 73 jobs.

The land is zoned for employment use in the Council's development plan but the applicants argue that due to the previous use as a car showroom and the adjacent Gala Bingo and Iceland stores, the employment use of the site has ceased.

The plans also state that there are no sites or properties within the town centre that could accommodate the development in its current form. Travel planning and transport assessments have also been carried out, on what is a busy route in and out of Rotherham town centre.

The plans conclude: "The proposed new build provides a draw to what is at present, an unused, but prominent site. This proposal would increase the retail usage of the site and increases the quality, convenience and accessibility of the usage within the local centre.

"The design has been worked through to allow for maximum visual impression, with minimum impact over the surrounding properties. The design is of a high quality that will enhance the existing site and the immediate locality."

Property consultants, WSB and GVA have been working on the scheme.

Toby Carvery website
Wilton Developments website

Images: Mitchells & Butlers

7 comments:

Anonymous,  June 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM  

Fingers crossed :-)

Anonymous,  June 10, 2014 at 1:55 PM  

Sounds good to me :-)

Anonymous,  June 10, 2014 at 2:40 PM  

would be perfect

Anonymous,  June 10, 2014 at 2:42 PM  

would be ideal instead of goin to wacky warehouse at parkgate ror sir jacks at wickersley

Anonymous,  June 11, 2014 at 9:31 AM  

As one pub opens, alas another 50 bite the dust.

Anonymous,  March 15, 2015 at 4:53 PM  

Nice idea -the locations questionable being near sewrage works-especially in the summer ! Have a sniff in asda on a hot day !

Anonymous,  May 31, 2015 at 10:45 AM  

Brill, it's about time too, it would be so nice to go to a nice pub , to chill and have a meal and nice bottle of wine , Eastwood gets pulled down enough, there are some very nice people live in Eastwood . Can't wait!

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