Thursday, July 17, 2014

News: Plans passed for Rotherham Nando's


A planning application for a new Nando's restaurant in Rotherham has been granted.

Rothbiz revealed in May that the popular flame-grilled peri-peri chicken specialists were planning to take space at Parkgate Shopping as part of a redevelopment.

The plans, drawn up by Archial Norr and Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, involve the demolition of the current Pizza Hut restaurant to be replaced by a new building to include a 372 sq m, 128 cover Nando's and a 93 sq m Subway. The new building would also include a cash machine and new toilet facilities. The proposal is for "a very modest uplift" in floorspace of just 250 sq m.

The park owners, British Land, together with potential operators and visitors have all shown an interest in an improved food and drink offer at Parkgate. A 377 sq m Frankie & Benny's restaurant opened in 2012 to complement to the existing instore caf├ęs and fast food outlets.
National planning policies are designed to protect town centres and focus retail and leisure uses there.

In 2011, Rotherham planners recommended that the Frankie & Benny's proposal at Parkgate be refused believing that it would be a destination in its own right and would divert trade, investment and expenditure away from Rotherham town centre. It also concluded that there were preferable sites for a restaurant in the town centre.

However, the application was resubmitted including an agreement for a £130,000 contribution to be used by the council on a range of initiatives to improve the vitality and viability of Rotherham town centre.

Planning permission for the development was granted, without being taken to the planning board, in February 2012.

The Nando's application has also been approved by planners without being taken to the planning board.

The officer's report states that the further development of Parkgate "prejudices the vitality and viability of the town centre and future investment" and that "further expansion with uses that could be located in Rotherham town centre should therefore be resisted."

However, the planners add that "no evidence exists to demonstrate that the proposed development would have a significant adverse effect on the town centre."

Sequential tests ensure that development is located in the most sustainable location first (usually in town centres), before other, less sustainable locations are chosen. In this case, the applicants have discounted a number of sites in the town centre including the Old Market and Keppel Wharf buildings.

The Keppel Wharf unit, designed specifically for a restaurant, was discounted by the applicants who said that "on the ground floor there is a 312 sq m unit that is now occupied by health food store and is therefore no longer available."

The planning department agreed, despite this not actually being the case. Vitalife's health store opened in March in the 55 sq m Unit 1 at Keppel Wharf, leaving the 471 sq m Unit 2, complete with terrace on the river, still available.

Nando's website
Parkgate Shopping website

Images: Nando's / Archial Norr


Anonymous,  July 18, 2014 at 8:09 PM  

Wonder where that £130,000 has gone then.

Tom,  July 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM  

It's actually been put to good use and combined with Government money via the Mary Portas Pilot initiative. It's a wonder the council didn't ask for some more...

Details here:

Anonymous,  July 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM  

So pizza hut is just disappearing from Rotherham? Thats disgusting! Many people use that restaurant and will not use Nandos as the same food offer is not available.

Anonymous,  July 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM  

Maybe- if & when we a cinema on forge island as had been mentioned then hopefully some decent restaurants may follow .Its all gone quiet about that so im not holding my breath !!!

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