Friday, April 22, 2016

News: Rother Valley traveller site plans refused


A planning application for a traveller site adjacent to the entrance of a proposed £37m leisure development at Rother Valley has been refused by Rotherham Council.

Rothbiz reported first that plans had been submitted by a Mr Smith for a 12-pitch traveller site and screening mound with planting on a reclaimed site of vacant grassland at Swallownest between the A57 and railway line, to the north of Pit House West.

Rotherham Council has made the "minded to" decision to enable them to negotiate the completion of the sale of 333 acres of greenbelt land located to the north of Rother Valley Country Park.

Gulliver's, the operators of theme parks in Warrington, Matlock Bath and Milton Keynes has developed a masterplan for the first of their sites in the UK to encompass all their major family entertainment elements in one location with new attractions exclusive to Rotherham.


Amended plans were approved back in 2012 for the importation of materials and the formation of a fishing pond and parking area at the former sewage treatment plant land. The latest plans for a traveller site led to an "overwhelming number of comments" from neighbours. The parish council also raised objections.

Planning officers at Rotherham Council have now refused the application without the need for it to go before the Council's planning board, concluding that the site is considered to be in an unsustainable location and the plans would have an adverse impact on the openness of the Green Belt.

It was considered that the site is a "significant distance from day to day facilities such that future occupiers would be reliant on travel by car" and that the applicants had not assessed the impact of the noise from the adjacent railway and bypass on the residential amenity of future occupiers of the site.

Detailed plans for Gulliver's Valley resort are yet to go on show. The heads of terms for the sale, which is subject to securing planning permission, are close to being agreed with Rotherham Council. A decision on the formal approval of sale was scheduled to be made by councillors and commissioners in June.

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Tom,  January 3, 2017 at 11:58 AM  

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