Wednesday, May 18, 2022

News: Rotherham town centre apartments plans passed


Two sets of plans to bring more flats to Rotherham town centre have been approved.

At the Moorgate end of town, on Grove Road, an attractive early 20th century building is set to be reused as 13 new apartments according to a recently approved planning application from Create Properties Ltd.

The former office building has been occupied by Hope Church, a community church, along with being the home of Rotherham Foodbank. Both uses have recently secured new premises elsewhere.

Approved by Rotherham Council without going to the planning board, officers said that the proposed change of use to residential is acceptable in principle as the area is zoned for a mix of uses.

The plans, drawn up by Urbana Town Planning Ltd, show the proposed renovation and reconfiguration of the internal layout to create 13 new apartments, comprising three 1-bedroom apartments and ten 2-bedroom apartments.

Also in the plans is 1,500 sq ft of communal amenity space which has the potential to be a gym or coworking space. Eight car parking spaces in an existing undercroft parking area would be retained, and cycle storage facility for ten cycles would be added.

The proposals include retaining the attractive central 1920s façade, reinstating the sash windows lost on the ground floor. Conversion of the building allows for improvement of the appearance of the 1960s extension, where elevations have been modernised through updated buff brick and zinc finishes as well as glazing upgrades.

Council officers have included a condition that coloured window frames be used as to "significantly enhance the overall appearance of the façade" and conclude that the "proposed conversion and alterations to this building are acceptable in design terms and would enhance its appearance and the character and appearance of the Rotherham Town Centre Conservation Area."

On Doncaster Gate, plans have also been approved to convert a former pool hall into an apartment block with 20 new apartments.

The site includes two buildings and was initially used as a department store. The 1930's Howard Street building is considered to have an attractive appearance which is set to be restored.

Planning officers added: "The 1960s building [on the right] would have its external appearance completely altered with the extensive alteration to the fenestration and the introduction of new cladding. The alterations to the building are considered to improve its external appearance and the character and appearance of the streetscene of Doncaster Gate and Howard Street."

Again, officers included a condition requiring that the windows are constructed of aluminium frames and coloured instead of using uPVC frames as the buildings are visually prominent within the Rotherham Town Centre Conservation Area.

A further application for apartments on the ground floor of the adjacent empty retail unit were withdrawn.

Images: WindsorPatania Architects / Google Maps


Anonymous,  May 18, 2022 at 5:28 PM  

13 flats... unlucky for some.

I do wonder where these developers think that all the people will come from who have a burning a desire to live in an old council office and a run down pool hall!

Anonymous,  May 18, 2022 at 9:22 PM  

in the future all rotherham town centre will be housing and the shops will be a distant memory

Anonymous,  May 18, 2022 at 11:04 PM  

There currently on beach in France!

Anonymous,  May 20, 2022 at 7:05 AM  

So we will have more flats which are most likely used by the younger generation to live but what about jobs? Are there any plans to create jobs in the town, as without a job the young professionals (which would be the people you most want to use the flats) will move to other towns / cities, which to be fair also have better leisure facilities too.
But then again the council is short of housing, so as long as the landlord will accept DSS then that's fewer houses the council need to build, no wonder they keep approving them with no thought of a master plan.

Anonymous,  May 20, 2022 at 10:59 PM  

It's their fyi.

Unknown May 21, 2022 at 2:51 AM  

Fantastic use of a long neglected and ugly building and there are plenty of jobs for those who want one

Anonymous,  May 24, 2022 at 5:56 PM  

Should be building high rise appartments in town centre and Riverside, Rotherham is one of few places I've seen when traveling around country that isn't filling it's town centre with appartments.

Anonymous,  May 24, 2022 at 5:59 PM  

We've got some of lowest unemployment in history,millions of vacancies,no need for new jobs,they're already to there,like my old dad says,only ones not working are ill ,or lazy scroungers.

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