Friday, September 5, 2014

News: New Rotherham pub restaurant plans passed


A prominent brownfield site at Eastwood, Rotherham is set to be transformed after planning permission was granted for a regeneration scheme centred around new food retail units.

The vacant one hectare site at Mushroom Roundabout was previously home to a D.C. Cook car dealership but has been empty since 2008 following demolition.

In May, Northern Retail Ltd put forward plans for a two-storey Toby Carvery pub and family restaurant, a two-storey KFC restaurant and two smaller restaurant / take away units, together with over 100 car parking spaces and vehicular access via Aldwarke Lane and Sycamore Road.

Wilton Developments and fast food specialists, QFM are also involved in the plans, which state that the development would create 73 jobs.

The land is zoned for employment use in the Council's development plan but the applicants argue that due to the previous use as a car showroom and the adjacent Gala Bingo and Iceland stores, the employment use of the site has ceased.

The planners didn't agree but were keen that this not hinder the redevelopment. The report to the council's planning board, said: "The Council do not consider that the site has no future employment prospects over the longer term, and it is clear that the immediate prospects of the site’s re-use have not been tested through marketing, however it is not considered that a refusal could be made based on the loss of employment land in this instance as there is an adequate supply of land within the Borough."

The report went on: "It is considered that proposed food and drink uses on this site would provide significant employment opportunities (49 full time positions and 18 part time). The application site at present consists of a vacant area of land which has a derelict appearance consisting of hardstanding and low barriers. The development of the site is therefore, in itself considered to be a benefit to the surrounding area by bringing the site back into use."

Applicants also stated that there are no sites or properties within the town centre that could accommodate the development in its current form and that the development is not considered to have any detrimental impact on Rotherham town centre. Travel planning and transport assessments have also been carried out, on what is a busy route in and out of Rotherham town centre.

Planners concluded: "It is considered that the proposed development is acceptable in principle and would not have a detrimental impact on Rotherham town centre or any existing or planned investment. Furthermore, the design and scale of the development is considered to be appropriate in this location and would not result in a material impact on the existing highway network."

Toby Carvery website

Images: Toby Carvery


Anonymous,  September 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM  

It's about time Rotherham got a Toby Carvery.

Anonymous,  September 6, 2014 at 1:14 AM  

It depends on whether Toby Carvery, employ a management team of their own & pay them & the staff a reasonable wage, or let it to a franchises at a huge rent & force them to buy direct from Toby inns at grossly inflated prices, so they can never make a decent profit, If it is Offered as a Franchise I would seriously Urge people from taking it on .

Pub accountant September 6, 2014 at 7:48 AM  

A lot of single operators can learn a lot and compete against the larger chains! The Sunday carvery has made a comeback and small single operators can deliver better.

Anonymous,  September 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM  

Nice idea -bad location though! The smell from the nearby sewerage works would put people off ! Why not closer to town ?

Anonymous,  February 25, 2015 at 11:47 PM  

More fast food joints...... just what Rotherham needs.

Anonymous,  February 26, 2015 at 7:16 AM  

I think its a good idea just don't c why there has t b a kfc and other takeaways there too, there's already enough fast food places in Rotherham, n as for the water works its not really that area u can smell it, its more as you pass over wash, n its mainly in heat of summer which we dunt really get !!!

Anonymous,  February 26, 2015 at 9:05 PM  

Toby Carveries are managed in-house and not franchises. They are owned by the same company that run The Drawbridge, The Hind, The Homestead, The Gate Inn etc. it's minimum wage. The management is on a basic wage. - former employee.

Anonymous,  February 28, 2015 at 11:03 AM  

Do you live anywhere near the site? Because I live in Eastwood and I can tell you the smell in summer is horrendous. We live with it in the spring, summer and sometimes autumn! When we go shopping to Asda it really is off putting. I would never want to sit drinking or eating there, and if its a nice warm evening and theres outside seating, yuck no thanks. Do something about the smell and we would be first customers!!!!

Anonymous,  May 12, 2015 at 12:06 AM  

You wouldn't want a carvery that close to the water works as you would smell it when sitting outside in the summer. A KFC would be ok. One thing I think would be good idea is putting a gym on that site as well as there aren't many gyms in Rotherham especially that side of Rotherham.

Fran September 14, 2015 at 7:33 PM  

Does anyone know when it actually opens?

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