Wednesday, October 28, 2020

News: Council undertakes land swap with funeral directors

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Rotherham Council is carrying out a land swap deal to support a town centre housing development.

Council contractor, Willmott Dixon, is well underway with work on Westgate on the Millfold House site - a £10m project that will feature one apartment block and a number of back-to-back houses.

As part of the redevelopment, the Council has agreed a land swap with J. Parkinson & Sons in order to provide for a larger density development. This will enable the Council to add a further six apartments to the proposals.

Established in 1875, the funeral directors moved into purpose-built premises, situated on the old car park on Westgate, in 2013.

The firm is staying put but as part of the land swap deal the Council have agreed to construct four garages on the land they are transferring to replace J. Parkinson & Sons existing garage/office which needs to be demolished as part of the new development.

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Although the land swap itself will be carried out at a £1 peppercorn, the overall additional costs in developing the site for six more apartments will be £1m. The authority is also paying legal fees for both parties.

The Council says that: "With the inclusion of these areas of land this will enable a further six apartments to be developed, improving the financial performance of the scheme as a whole" and it is expected that the additional apartments will realise an additional £25k in rental income per year.

The Millfold Rise development will feature one apartment block consisting of 31 apartments and 14 back-to-back houses, which offer first floor garden terraces.

The homes are due to be completed in Spring 2022.

Images: RMBC / Willmott Dixon / Bond Bryan

2 comments:

Anonymous,  October 28, 2020 at 8:50 AM  

Just a thought, why not simply had extra floors? As said before, Rotherham seems terrified to build high

Anonymous,  October 28, 2020 at 11:19 AM  

Agree with above comment, same as proposed houses on forge island/court house site!Lack of ambition as always.

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