Wednesday, February 25, 2015

News: Pub plans provide boost

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Leading brownfield developer, St Paul's Developments has welcomed the news that work has started on a new Hungry Horse pub restaurant at its Phoenix Riverside scheme at Templeborough in Rotherham.

Rothbiz reported first that Greene King, the country's leading pub retailer and brewer, was planning a new pub restaurant on the site where plans for a hotel and restaurant have previously been refused.

The Rotherham application gained planning permission last month 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.

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Greene King has purchased 1.5 acres of land with prime frontage on to Sheffield Road from St Paul's Developments at its six acre, 26,000 sq ft Phoenix Riverside business park which is close to Rotherham town centre and Junction 34 of the M1. Existing occupiers at Phoenix Riverside include St Paul's themselves plus the Royal Mencap Society, Rotherham Council and In-Tend Ltd, leaving just Unit 2 available with office suites from 4,250 sq ft to 8,500 sq ft.

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.

Recruitment is underway and work has now started on site, with the opening of the new Hungry Horse pub set for summer 2015. The brand was established 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.

David Newton, managing director of St Paul's Developments, said; "We are delighted to welcome the Hungry Horse pub to our headquarter site at Phoenix Riverside. The creation of 60 new jobs by a leading national chain will provide a welcome boost to the local Rotherham economy and provide a really valuable amenity for businesses and residents in the area."

Marc McGuigan, business unit director for Hungry Horse, added: "It is always exciting when we build a new pub, and we are particularly looking forward to being an integral part of this new development, an ideal location for our family-friendly pub. Hungry Horse pubs are known for serving a wide choice of food and drink at outstanding prices, in modern and comfortable surroundings.

"It is good news all round for Rotherham with the creation of 60 full and part time local jobs at the pub."

Greene King website
St Paul's Developments website

Images: Greene King

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