Monday, May 9, 2016

News: Council calls for comments on Rotherham town centre plan

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Rotherham Council is calling for more comments on the latest plans for a series of initiatives that could transform Rotherham town centre.

Rothbiz reported first on the town centre masterplan in March which identified eight "key moves" to continue the regeneration of the award-winning town centre.

The first key move is the development of a leisure hub on Forge Island, others focus on further residential development, supporting "Making and Trading," redeveloping the bus station, improving gateways and pedestrian movement, opening up the riverside for development and creating a connected "Green Network."

Paul Woodcock, assistant director of planning, regeneration and transport at Rotherham Council, said: "We want the town centre to become a truly family friendly destination with a vibrant community that will sustain the success of the town’s independent retailers and market traders.

"These plans would see residents and visitors benefitting from an excellent cultural and leisure offer and an active night time economy to make the town centre once again the heart of the borough."

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Once finalised, the document will provide additional guidance to a number of Local Plan policies which can be taken into account when determining planning applications.

Following the consultation, the Council will publish a statement which summarises the main issues raised during the consultation period, the Council's response to these issues, and details of the changes to the Supplementary Planning Document as a result.

A report will then be taken to councillors regarding adoption of the Supplementary Planning document to support Rotherham’s Local Plan.

The consultation will run until May 16 2016. Documents can be viewed and comments can be submitted online.

Images: RMBC / ARUP

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