Thursday, October 30, 2014

News: Developers open to new road at Parkgate

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Proposals are being discussed again for a new road at Parkgate in Rotherham that could help reduce congestion and bring derelict land back into use.

Modelling of the transport links on the Dearne corridor has indicated that significant benefits to bus journey time and reliability on the A633 between Rotherham town centre and Manvers via Parkgate could be achieved by constructing a new road between Aldwarke Lane and the rear access to Parkgate Shopping.

£1.4m worth of transport schemes are already underway as part of a long term project to improve overall journey time reliability and reduce delays between Rotherham town centre and Parkgate. This includes re-alignment of the kerbline on St Ann's roundabout and minor highway works to help bus drivers at the busy junction. A bus and cycle only lane on the south bound carriageway of the A633 Rotherham Road between Taylor's Lane and Stadium Way has been redesigned and work is due to commence shortly.

Now, consultants ARUP has been commissioned to draw up outline designs for a new road through the 14 hectare brownfield site adjacent to Parkgate Shopping.

A report to next week's Sheffield City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee states that "Stadium Developments, the owner of the land across which this road would cross, has indicated a willingness to allow the road to be constructed and RMBC has indicated an acceptance to adopt the completed highway provided it is constructed to the appropriate standards."

The site is currently subject to recycling and removal of secondary aggregates and in the final draft of the council's Local Plan, the land is considered to remain suitable for business and industrial use.

In 1987, Parkgate Retail World opened as part of the regeneration of large areas of reclaimed land formerly occupied by the Park Gate Iron and Steel Co. It is one of the largest retail parks in the UK, home to over 40 shops and attracting around seven million visitors a year. Despite a number of masterplans and detailed applications, the adjacent 14.3 hectare site remains undeveloped.

Rotherham Council has long promoted a new road at the rear of the Parkgate retail development. Planning permission was approved in 2004 for the construction of new road, including the construction of a bridge over the railway, from Beale Way to Stonerow Way.

Plans from Hull-based Stadium Developments for a "soccerdome" and associated food and drink outlets on the vacant site were set to be approved back in 2005 but a Section 106 was never agreed after planners made it clear that the developers should contribute £1.6m to the cost of a new access road.

The land was also considered as a possible location for Rotherham United's new stadium but was discounted in favour of the site of the former Guest and Chrimes foundry on the edge of Rotherham town centre.

Over the railway line at Aldwarke Wharf, land owner E.V Waddington Ltd has successfully brought forward a speculative development of units with the latest 41,000 sq ft set to be available in February 2015. The area is home to Kite Packaging, Philford Design Engineers, Envelopemaster, SP Containers and Candlelight Products.

Images: Gregory Projects / GVA

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