Thursday, April 21, 2011

News: Planners back stadium earthworks application


The planning application to raise the land on the site of the proposed community stadium has been given a recommendation for approval by planners at Rotherham Council.

The application from RU Estates Ltd is set to go before members of the planning board next week and they are being recommended to grant planning permission for the engineering operation, subject to a number of conditions.

The site of stadium development on the former Guest and Chrimes foundry, close to the town centre, needs to be raised by over two metres as it is in a flood zone with a medium to high probability of flooding.

The proposals involve importing around 54,000 cubic metres of material and two sources have been identified - nearby Maltby Colliery or from the Tata Steel site at Aldwarke.

The proposed works would take place in two phases with 500, 20T trucks per week delivering material from May 2011 for seven weeks and precise levels being created for two weeks in February 2012.

In relation to transportation issues, the planner's report concluded that the routes from the proposal material sources are acceptable as they are mainly A roads, and that any traffic impacts on traffic along those routes will be for a temporary period.

It also concludes that the operation would provide a community wide benefit by delivering the next phase of the Flood Alleviation Scheme, bringing the brownfield regeneration site into Flood Zone 1 (low risk) and allowing it to be redeveloped.

Regarding the listed Guest and Chrimes building on the site, embankments will replace previously approved floodwalls meaning that its setting is not significantly impacted upon, and that the main view of the building from public views across the river are not impeded.

Conditions include providing a 3m wide path as part of the Trans Pennine Trail, a scheme for the provision of demountable flood defences to protect the listed building when the site is subject to a flood warning, and for further investigations be carried out regarding possible land contamination on the site.

Outline plans for the £20m community stadium were approved in November 2010 and detailed designs were unveiled in February. The club hopes that the new stadium will be built for the start of the 2012/13 season.

Rotherham Council Planning Board


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