Wednesday, June 12, 2019

News: New plans to replace eyesore Rotherham buildings


New plans have been submitted to redevelop the site of burnt-out buildings on Corporation Street in Rotherham town centre.

In 2017 Rothbiz reported that Rotherham Council were reaching the "last resort" having failed to engage with the absentee owners of 3-7 Corporation Street despite numerous attempts.

The Council was preparing a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to buy the site and the council's cabinet member dealing with the issue said last year that the owners of the buildings ought to be ashamed of themselves to leave them as a blight on the town centre.

Now plans have been submitted that would enable the current buildings to be demolished and a hotel development built on the site.

The former Envy nightclub building, which suffered a malicious fire in 2007, and Muskaan restaurant, which was closed after a fire in 2011, have been left empty ever since, and whilst not structurally unsafe, the buildings are widely acknowledged to be an eyesore.

The plans are from Rothgen Ltd, the company behind the proposed £25m hotel and leisure resort at Tyram Lakes in Doncaster, and include a 69-bed hotel and a standalone ground floor retail unit.


Pre-application discussions had initially centred on residential apartments.

The plans, drawn up by Den Architecture, show the ground floor comprising of a 1,700 sq ft retail unit on the restaurant site with the hotel made up of a 1,990 sq ft restaurant / bar and a reception area plus meeting rooms and offices. Bedrooms would be on the first, second and third floors and the building is designed to step back as the levels rise.

Accompanying planning documents from consultants, Johnson Mowat Planning Ltd, state that the development would: "support and improve the quality and offer of Rotherham's visitor economy, and will contribute to improving the image and perception of Rotherham and the borough as a visitor destination.

"Ensure that Rotherham Town Centre remains a prime focus for leisure" and "assist in regenerating the town centre so as to ensure it retains its role and help deliver Rotherham's Renaissance."

If approved, the new hotel development would create nine full time equivalent jobs.

Images: Rothgen / Den Architecture


Anonymous,  June 12, 2019 at 7:11 PM  

This has to be good news, let’s hope the planners give it the nod otherwise it could be standing empty for many more years!
Also the figure nine full time jobs doesn’t seem many, do guests have to make their own bed up ?

Anonymous,  June 13, 2019 at 12:26 PM  

Why not do something useful and do something to help the homeless rather that building something just to rinse people’s pockets.

Anonymous,  June 13, 2019 at 1:16 PM  

Why do we need more retail space in Rotherham --we can't fit the existing empty premises without adding new empty units .

Anonymous,  June 13, 2019 at 6:28 PM  

Negatives as usual. As for homelessness, most of em in Rotherham are drug scum gotter snipes, would mug y grandma to get a fix SCREW EM!

Anonymous,  June 13, 2019 at 9:12 PM  

Of course this is good's about time..this town centre see some sort of revival..any a little trying to make it a better place for people to live...but much more is needed...the council has git to try harder

Anonymous,  June 14, 2019 at 7:34 AM  

Hotel haha next joke who wants to stop in a ghost town like Rotherham Council let it get like this too little too late everyone's up road at parkgate

Mr me June 14, 2019 at 10:18 AM  

Won't be a ghost town much longer, forget bloody shops, Leisure is way forward👍

Anonymous,  June 14, 2019 at 10:20 AM  

People seem to put too much emphasis on shops, Rotherham as a booming economy,contractors from all over country work here, they need hotel's.

Anonymous,  June 14, 2019 at 1:57 PM  

I do wonder if these plans have been drawn up just to avoid the site being bought by a CPO....

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