Friday, February 6, 2015

News: Templeborough pub plans passed

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Plans have been approved for a Hungry Horse pub restaurant at Templeborough in Rotherham which is set to serve up 60 new jobs on a site where plans for a hotel and restaurant have previously been refused.

Operators Greene King established the Hungry Horse brand in 1995 and now has 220 sites nationally where the focus is on providing a family friendly restaurant and public house where the majority of customers will dine rather than visit solely for a drink.

The Rotherham application, approved by the council's planning board last month, is for the erection of a 9,000 sq ft single unit for use as a 200-cover family restaurant / public house. The plans, drawn up by Walsingham Planning and JDA Architects, also include car parking and landscaping works and a children's play area. In addition, a manager's flat and assistant manager's flat is proposed on the first floor of the development.

Plans state that the proposed restaurant / public house will create 60 new jobs (20 full-time and 40 part-time positions). Greene King has a strong partnership with Jobcentre Plus and in association with them, looks to recruit staff to the premises from the local area around the site with a particular focus on the long term unemployed.

The Phoenix Riverside site is owned by successful brownfield developer, St Paul's Developments and in 2013 Rotherham Council's planning board agreed that Whitbread's plans for a 80-bed Premier Inn hotel and restaurant at the same Templeborough site should be refused, with planners considering a number of sites, including a site currently used for car parking at New York Stadium, are preferable sites for a hotel in planning terms.

The planning officer's report for this pub with no hotel concluded that the plans should be approved as: there would be no adverse effect on the character of the area which is commercial in nature; 60 jobs would be created; there are no alternative sites available for the proposed development; there will be no significant impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre or any planned or committed investment within the Borough; and that it would not generate any adverse transportation impacts.

The loss of employment land is also considered acceptable as the applicants demonstrated that there is an over supply of offices in the borough.

No name has been announced yet but plans for signage at the proposed development have recently been submitted.

Greene King website

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