Wednesday, June 29, 2016

News: Next stage in Rotherham town centre masterplan

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Key development sites in Rotherham town centre and adjoining areas have been identified and a new masterplan is being put together to focus on the likely delivery options for each of the key sites and identify potential funding.

Rothbiz reported first on the refresh of the town centre masterplan in March which identified eight "key moves" to continue the regeneration of the award-winning town centre. The consultation has recently been completed and once finalised, this Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) will provide additional guidance to a number of Local Plan policies which can be taken into account when determining planning applications.

A follow-up piece of work is now being commissioned by Rotherham Council that will build on the work of consultants, Arup, and become an important tool in marketing the wider town centre to potential investors and encouraging further regeneration and improvement. It is also set to cover transport issues in more detail, including the preparation of a car parking strategy for the town.

It is set to provide "bold and deliverable solutions for leisure, retail, recreation and town centre living" and explains that "a step change in the retail offer of the town is required to revive the sector and ensure that it meets modern needs and requirements."

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Rotherham Council is putting together a £17m pot for regeneration in the town centre and the masterplan should identify the capital projects that will be brought forward.

The key development sites are detailed here.

A brief for the new masterplan states: "The proposed Masterplan represents an important opportunity for Rotherham. It will allow the Council and other key land owners to explore possibilities to enhance and support growth in this key area of the town and to set out its expectations for the content and timing of development proposals.

"The production of a Masterplan has the potential to kick-start the wider regeneration of the town. It is envisaged that underutilised sites which face connectivity issues will be transformed and contribute to a new and vibrant town centre.

"The Masterplan will support the delivery of schemes within the Rotherham town centre by providing greater certainty to existing businesses and potential investors, allowing development to take place in a co-ordinated fashion. It will provide detail on the options for delivery and implementation for key parts of the town centre. This will include soft market testing, viability assessments, cost estimates and implementation plans and funding options."

Images: RMBC / ARUP

2 comments:

Anonymous,  June 29, 2016 at 7:54 PM  

This all seems very well and good but , 17 million is peanuts , we don't have any real money to put into this & developers aren't exactly queueing up ! Also haven't we heard all this before under the Rotherham Renaissance master plan from years ago ? So don't hold your breath this is Rotherham where things happen very very S-L-O-W-L-Y

Anonymous,  June 30, 2016 at 8:53 PM  

You mean like the tram train project ?

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