Wednesday, May 4, 2022

News: Council's CPO of Corporation Street buildings back on the cards

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Rotherham Council is again plotting a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to finally deal with two large burnt out buildings in Rotherham town centre - five years after it previously discussed using the same powers.

On the key route through town, the former Envy nightclub building, which suffered a malicious fire in 2007, and Muskaan restaurant, which was closed after a fire in 2011, have been left empty ever since, and whilst not structurally unsafe, the buildings are widely acknowledged to be an eyesore.

Negotiations with the absentee owners appear to have failed over the purchase of 3-7 Corporation Street so Council officers are hoping to gain Cabinet approval in the summer for the compulsory acquisition of the properties.

Compulsory purchase powers are provided to enable acquiring authorities to compulsorily purchase land to carry out a function which Parliament has decided is in the public interest.

In this case, the land is close to Forge Island, a key catalyst for the continued regeneration of the town centre where plans are being formed to expand the Leisure and Cultural Quarter onto Corporation Street.

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The issue was discussed back in 2017 when the Council said that a CPO was a "last resort."

Since then, plans for a 69 room hotel development to be built on the site have lapsed.

Having secured funding via the government the Council's cabinet has already approved strategic land assembly proposals to aid a number of its regeneration schemes.

Latest council plans confirm that: "Town Deal & Levelling Up will facilitate the acquisition of these long derelict properties. Remediation will follow and plans are being developed to bring new residential and mixed use, flexible units complementing the leisure & cultural quarter."

The acquisition is "likely to be via CPO route and is critical to the programme." 17 new residential units could replace the eyesore buildings.

The issue to confirm use of compulsory purchase powers for 3-7 Corporation Street is scheduled to be discussed by the Council's cabinet in July at the earliest.

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5 comments:

Anonymous,  May 4, 2022 at 5:58 PM  

It’s like jackonory

Anonymous,  May 4, 2022 at 9:19 PM  

All these positive stories being released in election week. Hmmm 🤔

Anonymous,  May 5, 2022 at 2:59 AM  

17 residential units??That seems a small number, surely theyre not going to build house's!!Then again we know Rotherham seem scared to build over 4 storeys!!

Anonymous,  May 5, 2022 at 7:59 AM  

Mark my words, the owners of these buildings are running rings around RMBC and have been doing for years. As soon as the CPO papers are served, expect another planning application to be submitted (you heard it here first!).

The current owners have no intention of doing anything with these buildings, like a lot of companies, it's in their interests to have the burned out buildings on their books so they can offset the profits from other properties they own.

The only way RMBC will ever get anywhere with this is if they start hitting them in the wallet - doubling of business rates on the sites, enforcement fines etc. Will they do that? Of course not.

Anonymous,  May 5, 2022 at 10:15 AM  

Think the owners of the burnt out building is a well known criminal,us name was name of the astual club that burnt down .Nasty man Get it pulled down!

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