Tuesday, August 28, 2018

News: Massive M18 development in the works


Plans have been outlined for a large distribution centre development alongside the M18 motorway in Rotherham - and it could help to create hundreds of new jobs.

Developers and landowners came forward during the creation of the borough's new local plan with a number of sites including those currently in the Greenbelt such as 16 hectares identified at Cumwell Lane, Hellaby, near J1 of the M18.

With the local plan now adopted, an outline planning application has been submitted to Rotherham Council detailing what sort of industrial development the Hellaby site could accommodate.

Applicants, Stretton Denman Ltd, have developed a scheme for 722,000 sq ft of new employment floorspace on just under 15.7 hectares of land bounded by the M18, Cumwell Lane and Sandy Lane. The applicants add that the proximity to the M18 motorway reinforces the suitability of the proposed development of warehousing and distribution.

The plans also state that: "Based on the maximum capacity of the proposed development, the proposals have the potential to deliver 1,119 full time equivalent employment opportunities."


Currently entirely in an agricultural use, the proposal includes a range of employment uses - B1/B2/B8 , and approximately 62,000 sq ft of ancillary B1a (office) floorspace, HGV fuelling station and lorry washing facilities.

End operators have not yet been identified. An illustrative masterplan from Calderpeel Architects shows one 602,779 sq ft shed with an adjoining 51,667 sq ft office building and one 64,029 sq ft shed with an adjoining 3,100 sq ft office building.

The area was reallocated from Greenbelt to employment use in the Local Plan.

The plans, put together by agents, SATPLAN, add: "The allocation of the Site was needed that the Borough achieves their objectives for growth in compliance with the identified settlement hierarchy over the plan period, as set out in the Rotherham Core Strategy.

"The next stage in the planning process is the approval of outline permission, which will ensure the delivery of the Site and the associated benefits with the development are experienced as soon as possible.

"When fully operational this has the potential to provide to 1,119 full time equivalent employment opportunities for local people."


The application also includes transport, ecological and landscape surveys highlighting appropriate mitigation for the proposed scale of development. Key design features are reserved for the detailed design stage to follow.

Not yet detailed is a proposed new junction to the busy A631 close to the motorway roundabout. The plans add: "The potentially high number of vehicles requiring access to the site may suggest the need for traffic management at the junction between Bawtry Road and Cumwell Lane."

The other side of the M18 at Bramley is the Government's preferred route for the HS2 line to Leeds.

Investor and developer, the Stretton Property Group has developed over six million square feet of commercial industrial and office property. It currently owns just over 1.5 million sq ft of industrial units.

Stretton Property Group

Images: Stretton Denman / Calderpeel


Rob Foulds August 28, 2018 at 12:24 PM  

Many many thanks to Rotherham Council for turning this agricultural land into an industrial site.

And as regards the claim "... 1,119 full time equivalent employment opportunities for local people." yeah, yeah, yeah, not heard that one before!

So, along with the likes of HS2, Rotherham Council and Edward Charles Chantler director of Stretton Denman Ltd have certainly managed to comprehensively destroy the environment of Bramley and Hellaby - well done, you must all be so proud of yourselves!

Sandra Haith,  August 28, 2018 at 2:49 PM  

I am absolutely disgusted with RMBC at this announcement. As if the poor residents of Bramley (and in particular beautiful Broadlands) haven't got enough to deal with at the moment. Between you and HS2 you will succeed in totally annihilating the village. Shame on you! You have all the brown sites around Waverley. Why take get more green belt? Instead of supporting us at this stressful time you have shot us in the back.

35goingon20 August 28, 2018 at 3:01 PM  

May as well move to a city. The little villages will just be industrial estates with a train runnung through the middle of it.
what are this council thinking? :(

Anonymous,  August 28, 2018 at 3:44 PM  

Organise and disrupt be willing to.get arrested!Fight fire with fire😏

Unknown August 28, 2018 at 8:20 PM  

Agreed The freedom to repurpos green belt land from Central government is greenlighting a whole bunch of destructive developments. Attended a council meeting last year where the council denied a company to improve and expand its site that was mainly brown land but had been redesignated as greenbelt and the council claimed they couldn't approve the exploitation of greenbelt any more (the travesty of the ruination if Greasbrough on their minds) the site was an old brick works and basically made if old cement pads and footprints from former buildings.So we now have brown land being called greenbelt and our lovely farmland destroyed.

Anonymous,  August 28, 2018 at 9:16 PM  

What a joke. The traffic around Bramley roundabout is bad as it is. Bawtry Road is a nightmare when there is an accident, breakdown or diversion how do the council intend on dealing with the extra flow ?

Angry Bramley August 28, 2018 at 10:40 PM  

More shame on RMBC - planning to impose this facility in such close proximity to local housing on the Broadlands Estate. Boxing us in between the motorway and the horrendous prospect of the High Speed railway. You’re in for a nasty shock because we will not stand by and allow this to go through. We will fight you and HS2 together.

Angry Bramley August 28, 2018 at 10:45 PM  

Poorly conceived location and will bring massive congestion and traffic issues to the area. RMBC have been in cahoots with HS2 - no doubt about it and we WILL find out as the FOI’s are going in tomorrow.

Angry Bramley August 28, 2018 at 10:54 PM  

Just need a few hundred of the many affected people to with hold their council tax - lets bankrupt the council

Anonymous,  August 29, 2018 at 12:22 AM  

Absolutely disgusting. The residents of Bramley will not accept this, on top of the stress that HS2 is creating. Time to take note.

Anonymous,  August 29, 2018 at 9:46 AM  

Hooray! Finally some efficient, on junction warehousing to not only bring jobs but also enable us to receive our consumer goods in a timely fashion. After all it is us who opted out of the high street in favour of online. Until such time that they create a way for goods to fall from the sky and be at my house within 24 hours of order, then I’m all for sympathetic development of major infrastructure corridors. ��������

Anonymous,  August 29, 2018 at 10:55 AM  

When since was this Bramley, it will affect Hellaby more than Bramley, the traffic will be at a dangerous level and at best congested for the best part of the day,

Anonymous,  August 29, 2018 at 10:57 AM  

This will affect Hellaby more than Bramley, it’s on the Hellaby side of the motorway so don’t understand why Bramley is moaning when all the traffic will be in Hellaby !!!

Angry Bramley August 29, 2018 at 5:07 PM  

As soon as there are issues on the motorway or at Hellaby roundabout it affects Bramley more than most places. Traffic leaves Bawtry road and comes up Sandy Lane and Flash Lane. Traffic also backs up right up through Bramley village and out towards Ravenfield on a regular basis. In addition to this development HS2 will build 2 large compounds,one adjacent Bawtry Rd and another in Slacks Field. There are estimated to be 85 lorries a day moving around the transport corridors. These have yet to be announced. In addition all of the trees will be removed adjacent the motorway to channel out a 40 foot deep cutting right through the centre of all this area. This will go on for more than 5 years. They will then come back with the railhead to lay track and infrastructure. Oh and some one who happens to have vested interests in this new development has developments at Waverley and the HS2 depot in Leeds. Think it won’t affect Bramley and Hellaby , Maltby,Thurcroft and Wickersley. All to meet RMBC requirements for development and those with vested interests.

Angry Bramley August 30, 2018 at 7:11 AM  

Efficient warehousing ! There are empty warehouses down the road at Maltby. The article states they do not have any end users,so it’s a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. Around this region there are a number of large brownfield sites,in fact 2 massive plots of land adjacent the M1 at Tinsley on the former steelwork sites that are undeveloped. This is not about low paid warehousing jobs,it’s about the landowners such as British Land and Haworth Group getting the most out of their developments.

Vic H August 30, 2018 at 7:31 AM  

The whole area will be affected by knock on effect. Maltby,Bawtry etc. Wickersley. Fighting as to who will be affected most just creates more problems and bad feeling. Pull together if you want to try and make a change.Bramley signatures wouldnt be turned Down on a petition. No i don't live there. But i am local. And i can see far and wide being affected. Fight together. Be a stronger force.

Anonymous,  August 30, 2018 at 8:57 AM  

Many thanks RMBC for adding yet more problems to the people who live in Bramley (which will also affect hellaby,Maltby and Wickersley) As if worrying about HS2 isn’t enough! I’m absolutely disgusted with this idea.

Simon T.,  August 30, 2018 at 4:55 PM  

Ah well done to RMBC for their comprehensive ransacking of our homes and villages, especially Bramley & Wickersley.

There are enormous industrial areas with many vacancies and room to grow in the immediate and local areas, Hellaby, Maltby, Dinnington etc.. why on earth are we subjected to more of our greenery being blighted. I am digusted.

What with HS2 ruining our greenspace and now this- RMBC you must all be so proud of yourselves! I bet not one of the decision makers lives any where near here. RMBC your useless. Keep lining your back pockets while the rest of us suffer - and stuff your £2000+ a year council tax while your at it.

Anonymous,  August 30, 2018 at 9:35 PM  

Land would be better used as a HS2 station. Double local house prices immediately and we can all move to Wickersley, although we’d be “the poorer neighbours”. Again :)

Anonymous,  September 1, 2018 at 6:59 AM  

And how much of a back hander have you took for this RMBC??..... Corruption to the core

Henry North London 2.0 September 15, 2018 at 1:18 PM  

What an idiotic thing to do... I used to pick strawberries on that land... But obviously greed is good.. the infrastructure can't support it though.

Anonymous,  October 3, 2018 at 6:49 PM  

If this application is approved by Rotherham's planning board there names will go down in history. It will be a travesty, considered "bent" and their names made public should also go down in respect and trust that the people of Rotherham have given them. You are the guardians of future generations with our most precious resource, land. There is no need for this type of development in this area, don't sell us out to the highest bidder for a short term gain in finances. The facts speak for themselves, do the right thing, stand up and be counted, vote no!

Anonymous,  June 10, 2019 at 11:22 AM  

There is a current (may/June 2019) archaeological dig being carried out on this site. There is evidence of Romanic activity and a medieval dich and enclosure. Surely this site should be treated the same as the one adjacent to Hellaby Hall where a a deserted medieval village and well, enclosure, ridge and furrow and post medieval long house have been identified ans is a Heritage site Category:Scheduled Monument List Entry Number:1009393

Unknown June 13, 2019 at 11:01 PM  

I have only recently seen this proposed development signage. The traffic is horrendous at certain times of the day and if container lorries have to come down and round the silly roundabout at hellaby to arrive at their destination, the situation will only be aggravated. Hellaby industrial estate traffic will only be more frustrated at being able to get away. What are the planners thinking about? The road system as is will not be able to support the extra traffic. Truly bad planning.

Unknown September 18, 2019 at 12:08 PM  

We residents of Hellaby are already prisoners in our own homes at busy parts of the day. Bramley, Maltby and Wickersley are all affected also by the horrendous amount of vehicles at peak times. All 3 emergency services have a depot on the Maltby to Rotherham corridor, and this development will make access virtually impossible for them. What price a life though Councillors? Get off your backsides and take a look at other brownfield sites already ripe for development that could be used instead. Leave our area alone as we have enough troubles already with the fiasco that is HS2.

Anonymous,  February 1, 2023 at 11:33 PM  

They gave the go ahead to build a new industrial estate in dinnington, it backs onto bluebell wood children's hospice, they have no morals. They don't give a rats arse about anyone or anything it seems. As long as the council get their payoff, nothing else seems to matter

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