Tuesday, April 17, 2018

News: On the right path at Cortonwood

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Pedestrian access to the newest stores of the expanded Cortonwood retail destination is set to be improved after shoppers were left with a confusing link between the two developments.

At Cortonwood Shopping Park, work started in 2016 on a programme to demolish the vacant 150,000 sq ft ALBA warehouse, following which J F Finnegan undertook works to create 11 new retail units and a restaurant totalling 79,750 sq ft.

Opening last year were national retailers Outfit, H&M, New Look, River Island, Mountain Warehouse, Marks and Spencer Simply Food, Clark's, JD Sports, Wilkos, Poundland and Frankie & Benny's.

Only passed on appeal, the development is from Helical Retail and forms an extension to Cortonwood Retail Park which was developed by St Paul's Developments, totally transforming the site of the former Cortonwood Colliery, where the 1984 miners' strike began.

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The development included a condition requiring a pedestrian link to the adjacent car parking area close to the already existing Halfords and Asda stores.

What resulted was a set of "steps to nowhere" and level differences, a hedge, an area of landscaping and hardsurfacing which prevented the pedestrian link from being used.

Plans have now been approved by Rotherham Council to amend the site levels and provide hard surfacing up to the boundary and existing ramp/steps to enable the link to the adjacent retail park to be utilised. A report from council planners concludes: "There are benefits in terms of pedestrian linkages with the adjacent retail development and also in terms of pedestrian safety (a desire line is currently being used by pedestrians for access between the two sites). There is no impact in terms of the level of car parking.

"It is considered that the proposal meets with relevant policies and is acceptable in terms of design and visual appearance and highway safety."

Cortonwood Shopping Park website

Images: Helical Retail

2 comments:

Anonymous,  April 17, 2018 at 2:09 PM  

Rotherham,yet all stores on.here claim to.be in Barnsley.?

Rod Laughton April 17, 2018 at 4:22 PM  

The problem here, re “Barnsley Address”, is that “Postal Address” bears no relation to where somewhere actual is, eg, why does south-east of the borough have “Sheffield” in its address, when it’s been in the borough since 1974, and some places were in Rotherham Rural District since 1894.... and why, in these politically correct days, is the Royal Mail still able to enforce a SHEFFIELD Postcode On Rotherham. Crazy!

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