Wednesday, January 19, 2022

News: More flats planned in Rotherham town centre


Plans have been submitted to convert a former pool hall and retail unit into an apartment block in Rotherham town centre.

15-21 Doncaster Gate is a three storey red brick building in a mix of styles that previously contained Riley's sports bar / snooker and pool facility.

Located at a corner junction between Doncaster Gate, Howard Street and Percy Street, the 17,000 sq ft property sold at auction last year from a guide price of £225,000 and now the new owners have unveiled plans that could see 26 new apartments created over the three floors.

The first application, from DBG Contractors Ltd, is for the conversion of the snooker hall to 20 residential apartments, leaving the potential for the ground floor to continue as three commercial units.

A further application is for a change of use of the ground floor - mainly a long-vacant retail unit - from commercial to residential use. Six more apartments are shown.

The plans, drawn up by PADD consultants, state: "The proposals aim to utilise the potential of the site and upgrade and refurbish the existing building. Minor architectural interventions are proposed to the external elevations to allow the building to function as apartments and to improve the external aesthetics of the site.

"The apartments layouts work with the existing footprint and internal structural walls and columns. The proposed apartments are designed to be functional, adaptable homes all with open plan kitchen /living/ dining rooms. The apartments utilise existing window openings (some are to be extended) which provide good levels of natural lighting to all habitable rooms."

The site was initially used as a department store but the Southern part of the property was identified within the Rotherham Town Centre Masterplan as a "detractor to quality."

The application explains that the existing building is currently falling into disrepair and requires refurbishment particularly to the external elevations.

The plans add: "The windows are in need of replacement and the external cladding panels are outdated and lack unity. Whilst reconfiguring the internal layout the proposed scheme will also improve the elevational treatment of the building."

Stone effect cladding is proposed to the northern and southern buildings which will "tie the two buildings together and give them a coordinated identity."

On the ground floor, the Howard Street elevation would be reconfigured to remove an unsightly roller shutter door and create an entrance to the apartments in the centre of the northern building.

The most recent tenants, Pot8's, have recently submitted an application that would enable them to relocate across town and create a new pool hall on Main Street.

Images: Auction House West Yorkshire


Anonymous,  January 19, 2022 at 12:33 PM  

More poor quality homes for ghetto people 😷

Michael,  January 20, 2022 at 4:28 PM  

This will be a welcome addition to the town and aligns with the councils plan to bring more residential property to the town center. Conversion of an empty building to bring it back in to use should be welcomed, not met with derogatory comments from others.

Chris,  January 21, 2022 at 11:28 AM  

Well said, Michael. I completely agree.

Mr me January 21, 2022 at 1:10 PM  

Problem is,it's these very people moving into poor quality properties in town centre,who are actually making it an intimidating feel, basically a dumping ground for druggies,workshy and people just out of prison and just off the dingies.Then they wonder why no one goes in town,and therefore why shops close.Rotherham town centre is simply a dumping ground,a cess pit of humanity.

Surjit,  January 21, 2022 at 7:25 PM  

I'm not sure what this ill informed, ignorant and offensive comment has any relevance to.

Mr me January 22, 2022 at 12:56 AM  

Surjit,the comment is neither , offensive or ignorant,it's simply reality and truth of the situation that Rotherham town centre finds itself in.Your either blind to it,never been there,or your political leanings don't allow you to see further than end of your nose.I suspect the later🤔

Martin Scott,  January 22, 2022 at 12:56 PM  

I agree with Surjit. There is no need to begin categorising people as workshy, druggies, cess pit of humanity etc. She is right to call you out, it has nothing to do with political leanings (I'm a Conservative) It is just plain rude.

Mr me January 24, 2022 at 8:17 PM  

Martin Scott,another who either didn't like truth or never actually goes in town to see.I dont know a single person who dosnt say that town centres problems are at least in part the fault big people who live there.As said some people just don't like the unpalatable truth!

Anonymous,  January 24, 2022 at 8:19 PM  

What's been a conservative to do with it?I'm a Labour voter and agree that the town centre is full of workshy,druggie good for nothings.

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