Monday, June 14, 2021

News: New 150-bed Rotherham hotel planned


A 150 bedroom hotel operated by a leading name is being proposed at a regeneration scheme in Rotherham.

Essex-based developer, Stapleford Ventures Ltd, has submitted a planning application for a six storey, 150 bedroom hotel on land off Highfield Spring and Poplar Way where the Waverley development meets the Morrisons roundabout at Catcliffe.

The hotel operator would be Courtyard by Marriott.

Waverley is Yorkshire’s largest brownfield redevelopment, where Harworth Group plc secured outline planning consent for 3,890 homes and 2 million sq ft of commercial space.

With a pub on site, and plans due this summer for a new mixed-use scheme, the latest plans state that the proposal "represents an exciting opportunity to bring forward a hotel development to support the neighbouring mixed-use proposals at Waverley to provide much needed facilities to the growing business community and the surrounding area."

The application, drawn up by Barton Willmore, adds: "The hotel operator will be Courtyard by Marriott who provide 4* business orientated hotels. The proposals has been developed closely with the hotel chain and the locality has been chosen to complement the AMP, Sheffield Business Park and surrounding residential uses and business operators. This includes the provision of a high-quality food and beverage offer whilst providing comfortable accommodation for occupants. This flagship name will provide a raft of social and economic benefits for the area as well as Rotherham as a whole."

Developers see the large restaurant / bar offer to be one of the key attractions of building a hotel in the area. Business facilities and a Fitness Centre are also proposed.

A 147 space car park is also in the plans, along with landscaped space between to hotel building and the roundabout.

The plot is considered a "landmark corner" and the design takes into account a sloping site. Architects, S R Davis, have been keen to ensure that the hotel would not imitate a commercial block, nor a block of apartments, and have designed a high quality landmark building.

The site, which is next to the Poplars Business Park and Whitbys Fish and Chip restaurant, forms part of Mixed Use Area 21 "Highfield Commercial" which includes hotels as being acceptable in principle. This means that, although hotels are typically town centre uses, a sequential test and retail impact assessment are unlikely to be required.

If approved, the development would support the creation of a permanent mix of jobs at the hotel (over 34 full time equivalent positions) and the creation of significant number of construction jobs.

To date at Waverley, over 1,000 homes have been built by Barratt Homes, Harron, Taylor Wimpey, Avant and Skyhouse, alongside 1.5 million sq. ft of commercial space predominantly for advanced manufacturing. Other local facilities have also been developed on-site, including a new primary school that opened in September 2020.

Images: S R Davis


Anonymous,  June 14, 2021 at 7:46 PM  

6 storeys,if it was in town centre, council would probably say it's too high,they seem too have an aversion to going above 5 floors,planners think Rotherham town centres a village!

Anonymous,  June 14, 2021 at 8:22 PM  

Let me guess….it will be known as ‘Courtyard by Marriott Sheffield’

Anonymous,  June 14, 2021 at 11:06 PM  

Yet again news of a positive business proposal in Rotherham is met with sarcasm and negativity. Do people not want to see investment in Rotherham?

Anonymous,  June 15, 2021 at 12:18 AM  

“Other local facilities have also been developed on-site, including a new primary school that opened in September 2020.”
Apart from the school what other facilities have been developed?

John Hensby June 15, 2021 at 8:41 AM  

Nobody loves Rotherham more than me but I do have some sympathy for the comments mentioned above. There certainly is an aversion over tall buildings in the twin centre. Nobody would ever countenance blocking out the Minster but it's bizarre how the planning department panic over any design higher than 5 storeys. The policy does indeed lead to the "toytown" impression from outsiders.

Also, it definitely WILL be referred as Sheffield once built. Why not make it a condition of planning that it must be referenced as Rotherham, i.e. where it ACTUALLY is?

Let's get away from the small minded mentality. Rotherham is a large town, with a proud history, let's start acting like it!

Anonymous,  June 15, 2021 at 11:08 AM  

Yes,we need these sort of developments in town centre,not parts of "Rotherham"that will claimed by other areas,in this case, Sheffield!

Anonymous,  June 15, 2021 at 11:11 AM  

Got to agree with with above comment-Rotherham is a large town with a proud heritage,however it’s run with the mentality of a village though.

John Hensby June 15, 2021 at 6:10 PM  

*typo "town" not "twin". Stupid phone 🙄

Anonymous,  October 12, 2021 at 5:08 PM  

I live on Waverley. It's Rotherham.

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