Thursday, October 7, 2021

News: Refusal for demolition of historic Rotherham pub


Plans from owners to demolish a historic pub in the town centre have been refused by Rotherham Council.

Rothbiz reported in June that Satnam Urban Regeneration Ltd had applied for planning permission to demolish most of the Alma Tavern on Westgate.

The plans would see the demolition of most of the fire-damaged former pub but its historic frontage would be saved.

In turning down the plans, officers at Rotherham Council concluded that demolition is unjustified.

The decision states: "The site and buildings make significant contributions to the character and appearance of the conservation area and the setting of the adjacent listed building. Their demolition, which is unjustified, would therefore fail to satisfy the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework and Local Plan policies CS23 ‘Valuing the Historic Environment’, SP40 ‘Listed Buildings’ and SP41 ‘Conservation Areas’ which seek to protect, preserve and enhance the special character of conservation areas and the setting of listed buildings."

The Alma Tavern, which owners say is close to collapse, possesses an attractive and valuable fa├žade, probably the last memory of Rotherham’s earliest commercial brewery, Bentleys, but in 2012 a fire in the roof space caused further damage to the vacant building. It sits alongside the saved and revamped Cutler's Arms - a listed building.

The applicant also failed to submit a survey to assess whether bats are present within the exposed roof structure and the planning officers concluded: "Discussions during the determination of the application have identified that it is not possible to support a scheme of this nature nor would any amendments make it acceptable. It was not considered to be in accordance with the principles of the National Planning Policy Framework and resulted in this refusal."

Developer, Satnam had hoped to demolish the Alma Tavern and Cutler's Arms to make way for car parking when it applied for planning permission to build a large retail store on the riverside site. In 2005, Rotherham Council refused the plans.

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Anonymous,  October 7, 2021 at 2:03 PM  

Good.If the Three cranes Inn on high street could be revamped at cost ,don't see why this old Inn can't be revamped!

Anonymous,  October 7, 2021 at 2:57 PM  

That's another Rotherham building that will be left to rot

Anonymous,  October 7, 2021 at 3:13 PM  

Yet another fire damaged pub in Rotherham

Anonymous,  October 7, 2021 at 4:10 PM  

Expect a fire any day soon lol

Anonymous,  October 7, 2021 at 4:11 PM  

Apparently it's too far gone inside to be viable.

Anonymous,  October 7, 2021 at 4:28 PM  

If this company have no plans other than demolition,them council should compulsory purchase.

Ziggy,  October 7, 2021 at 4:42 PM  

The Three Cranes was saved due to benevolence and having an interest in the area. Most project firms don't have these qualities at the forefront of their mind - rather profit.

Unknown October 7, 2021 at 10:23 PM  

I was led to believe that the front of the building would be saved and the rest was too far gone anyway?

Mr me October 8, 2021 at 11:31 AM  

Why would a developer from Gloustershire have any interest in saving Rotherham history,all about profit.They originally wanted to pull cutler's arms down to ,to make way for car park.As previously stated,if they cant come up with a plan that saves the building,then council should go for compulsory purchase,and get a local company involved.

Anonymous,  September 29, 2022 at 3:46 PM  

If it's a listed building it shouldn't be knocked down it's a building of importance I can remember going in there in the 1980s when I was around 18 or 19 far too many girls were being let in underage was a time when the town centre was buzzing how times have changed.

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