Thursday, July 24, 2014

News: Out of town retail developments move forward in Rotherham

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A number of out of town retail developments in Rotherham have jumped over planning hurdles and can now begin construction.

Developer, Helical Retail, has had slight amendments to its planned £30m retail park at Cortonwood approved which would enable eight new units to be built adjacent to the current Dearne Valley retail destination.

The plans are being brought forward by Budenny LLP, formerly the property division of Alba PLC who built and operated a Dearne Valley warehouse before leasing it to UPS in 2008. They are working with developers, Helical Retail, a joint venture between Helical Bar plc and Oswin Developments Limited.

The amended plans involve replacing the warehouse with around 85,000 sq ft of development together with the addition of floorspace at mezzanine level that would not exceed 60,000 sq ft of gross internal area. The initial plans for six larger units were only approved on appeal last year after earlier being refused by Rotherham Council.

The new plans are set to provide flexibility for the owners and potential occupiers. Units are expected to range from approximately 7,500 sq ft to 15,000 sq ft, with the proposed mezzanine floorspace to be "called upon" up when required across the scheme.

The developers believe that the new retail park will create between 279 and 372 jobs (equivalent to 186 full time jobs).

At Parkgate, details of the first phase of retail development on the site of a former car showroom on Great Eastern Way (pictured) have been signed off.

Land owners, Ron Hull, the Rotherham recycling experts, teamed up with Leeds-based developers, Gregory Projects to secure outline approval 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.

The latest application seeks to develop approximately two thirds of the site. Aldi is taking the largest unit at 16,544 sq ft and Iceland taking the adjacent 7,000 sq ft unit.

A third unit, sized 7,500 sq ft, is already under offer with an unnamed national retailer. Work is expected to start on site in Autumn 2014 with completion in Spring 2015.

Also at Parkgate, the £7.5m Tradeworld development has been granted planning permission conditionally. Here the former Ruscon engineering works could be transformed into nine trade counter units totalling 47,000 sq ft, with a tenth unit, a purpose built vehicle repair workshop for National Tyres and Autocare. Developer, Litton Properties says that a number of pre-lets have been secured for the development which has been on the cards since 2003.

The council's Local Plan, recently declared "sound" by government inspectors, has set a target of 86,000 sq ft of floorspace for the selling of bulky goods.

Images: Gregory Projects

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