Thursday, August 4, 2011

News: Rotherham United stadium plans set for final approval

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Full planning permission for Rotherham United's £17.3m stadium is set to be granted next week.

Planners are recommending that members of the council's planning board approve the reserved matters application at their meeting on August 11.

The application from Signet Planning on behalf of RU Estates Ltd, covers layout, appearance and landscaping and if approved, it will give full planning permission for the stadium on the site of the former Guest & Chrimes foundry, close to Rotherham town centre.

Outline plans that covered location, design and access plus environmental assessments looking at the impacts on flooding, noise, transport, ecology and listed buildings were approved in November.

Further details of the plans can be found here.

The planner's report discusses the appearance of the stadium that will feature brickwork combined with red and grey wall cladding and a glazed fa├žade, and an innovative stepped polycarbonate roofing design.

It also states that high quality landscaping will surround the stadium and could include public art. The submitted plans for the management of the landscape, ecology and lighting are also recognised for the way that they will enhance the area.

The remaining issues not already approved by the outline plans include details of access around the site and the location of parking spaces, public realm areas, rights of way and a pumping station.

The planner's report concludes that the matters of the application allows for the integration of the stadium development into the development site. The aim is to create a new identity for the "island" site and create a campus feel whilst also forming better linkages to the town centre.

A number of conditions are set to be attached to the planning approval ensuring that work takes place according to the submitted plans and to make sure that lighting will be shielded to prevent glare.

The development in relation to the Grade II Listed Guest & Chrimes building has already been approved at outline stage when planners concluded that the development would have a negligible impact on the listed building and bring significant benefits, including immediate benefits to the protection of the listed building, especially against the threat of flooding.

English Heritage are strongly objecting to this application, stating a lack of information on how the proposal will impact on the historical context of the listed building.

However, the report acknowledges the concern of English Heritage but concludes that the appearance, layout and landscaping of the development would also have no detrimental effect on the setting of the listed building.

It is understood that a further application is in the early stages of development in relation to the conversion or alteration of the Guest & Chrimes building.

Work on the site is already underway to raise the the level of the land. Contractors, GMI Construction are hopeful that the stadium will be complete for the start of the 2012/2013 season.

Rotherham United website

Images: Signet Planning / Rotherham United

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