Tuesday, January 10, 2012

News: Car park plan for Phoenix Hotel


The former Phoenix Hotel in Rotherham town centre could be demolished under plans to create a temporary car park on the site.

17 car parking spaces would be created on the College Road site adjacent to the Rotherham Central Station that is currently undergoing a £7.5m redevelopment.

Planning permission had been granted last year for the conversion of the imposing former hotel building into offices with a café on the ground floor.

However, new plans, put together by Taylor Tuxford, stated that: "financial studies have determined that the proposed works are not financially viable and hence the applicant is applying for permission to demolish the buildings and provide temporary hard surfacing (hardcore) and boundary walls until such time as the future use of the site is determined."

The owners hope that the car park will benefit town centre visitors and users of the railway station.

The 4,200 sq ft, 3-storey building dates back to the late 1800's but is in a very poor state of repair.

The office redevelopment would have created nine units aimed at small to medium sized businesses, such as lettings agents and solicitors.

The applications are from the owners of the building, the PDR Group, a successful company specialising in electrical engineering who are based in nearby Central Business Park.

The building was put up for auction as a development opportunity by Mark Jenkinson Auctioneers in May 2011, with a guide price of £75,000. It was sold before the auction for £110,000.

Images: Mark Jenkinson Auctioneers


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