Tuesday, March 29, 2022

News: Plans drafted to reuse Rotherham pub

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A prominent former pub on the edge of Rotherham town centre that has stood vacant for a number of years could be brought back into use, if new plans are approved.

The former Wellington Boot on Westgate was most recently used as Get Sorted Academy of Music, a charity that used music to build up self-esteem, improve grades and develop social skills in young people.

As reported by Rothbiz, Get Sorted called time on the Rotherham centre in 2017.

With ownership linked to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust charity, the building has been empty since.

Now a new planning application has been submitted that would see the large building converted into nine apartments.

The plans, submitted by LNA Interiors of Beighton, show that the three storeys, plus basement and outbuildings, could be converted into five 1-bed flats and four 2-bed flats - eight in the main building and a self-contained dwelling in the outbuilding.

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A heritage statement submitted with the plans from Thompson Heritage Consultancy, explains that: "52 Westgate was built in 1903 as “The Wellington Inn Free House”. The Arts and Crafts movement (circa 1860 - 1925) sought to create attractive buildings with details of fine craftsmanship to counteract the grim industrialisation of the 19th century.

"The property at 52 Westgate is significant for its setting and connection with similar age and style and historic use of public house buildings in the same street. Its architecture and aesthetic is significant and relates to the industrialisation of Britain and the design response at that time. 52 Westgate should be seen as a non-designated heritage asset."

The building is not listed, unlike the Cutler's Arms over the road, but sits within the town centre conservation area. The new proposals state that any external alterations will be limited.

The plans, drawn up by NJL Consulting, state: "On the Wilfed Street elevation, the proposals reopen previously blocked up windows and lightwells and introduce new lightwells which benefit the basement space. Other existing openings will be refurbished and improved. Overall, the focus of the external changes is to preserve and enhance the features of the building."

The Westgate / Sheffield area is designated a mixed use area in the borough's local plan with more residential development expected. A few doors down from the old Wellington boot, 45 new homes and apartments are being created at the Milfold Rise development.

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5 comments:

Anonymous,  March 29, 2022 at 12:46 PM  

Oh look another ghetto,problem with all these appartments is they're rented to the people we see in town ,the can of stellar in one hand,spliff in other.Then they wonder why Rotherham is s no go zone for decent people.I give up!

Anonymous,  March 29, 2022 at 1:22 PM  

Car owners need not apply……

Anonymous,  March 29, 2022 at 2:25 PM  

Flats? How imaginative.

Tony Clabby,  March 30, 2022 at 10:49 AM  

LNA Interiors, the company behind these plans, is no more than one person (a plasterer) and the company went into voluntary liquidation on 07/03/22 - see Companies House. I get the distinct smell of fish!
I declare a past interest here as I approached Coalfields Regeneration Trust (the owners of the building) to explore the possibility of taking it on as a Social Enterprise/ Community Business Hub - that was about 3 years ago, since when all I have heard was the sound of silence!

Anonymous,  April 1, 2022 at 9:30 AM  

It does seem an odd thing to do. I checked the property register and noticed the building was sold back in 2018 (Although I can never remember seeing any signs suggesting it was being placed on the open market) Is it still owned by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust?

@Tony, your idea sounds like a much better use of the space than another ghetto in the town centre.

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