Wednesday, May 24, 2023

News: Rethink for Rotherham riverside residential regeneration scheme


Plans have evolved for a key regeneration project that aims to bring more houses to Rotherham town centre.

At Westgate and Sheffield Road, a bridge over to the football stadium is no longer in the plans and the condition of the river wall is presenting a problem.

As part of the £31.6m Town Deal programme, government funding is being used to continue the development of a Riverside Residential Quarter. Following on from Council-led projects in the area such as Westgate Riverside and Millfold Rise, masterplanning has been undertaken for up to 279 high quality residential units, to include a mix of apartments and houses.

Rotherham Council has purchased further properties and plots of land for housing in the area. The authority has acquired all land and properties owned by Satnam Urban Regeneration Ltd which includes the 200 space Westgate Car Park and the two pubs including the derelict Alma Tavern, which has been under the threat of demolition.

Council documents show that £4.1m was set aside to purchase the land and properties.

Satnam Urban Regeneration Ltd has been a significant landowner in the area but had been unable to realise development including a proposed food store on the Royal Mail site that was turned down in 2009.

Regarding the prominent sorting office site, Royal Mail has previously asked that the re-provision / relocation of its operations would be required prior to redevelopment. Royal Mail have now engaged with the council and are in negotiations.

Council documents also show that a potential footbridge has been removed from the scheme now that work on regenerating the former Guest & Chrimes site was no longer proceeding as part of the Town Deal.

Despite £4.5m being set aside for a scheme to repurpose the former foundry as an National / International music venue, the council was unable to reach an agreement with the landowner, Rotherham United Football Club. It is now looking at other sites within the town centre.

To progress the riverside residential project, Esh Construction Ltd has recently been awarded a contract for the enabling works. Project officers had been looking at the river wall which is "in poor shape" with sheet piling needed to steady it prior to work on a Riverside Walk.

A council report on the £483,842.47 contract states: "As part of Rotherham’s continued diversification of and investment in the town centre this scheme contributes to the delivery of a new residential quarter in the town centre. This contract will facilitate the progression of the Riverside Residential Quarter through the development of an engineering design solution and delivery strategy for a new riverside walk and realignment and infrastructure works to Water Lane."

Esh, who have also been awarded the council contract for the scheme to connect the cycle route created through Templeborough to the town centre along Sheffield Road and Westgate, have the option to progress to stage 2 works in the riverside area which has an estimated 10 months programme in the region of £5.2m.

Images: Google Maps/ RMBC


Anonymous,  May 24, 2023 at 2:29 PM  

Two pubs!Don't tell me RMBC are going to pull down the cutlers,one of ,if not the best pubs in town centre,if this is correct,it just proves point ..they haven't got a f###ing clue!

Anonymous,  May 24, 2023 at 4:01 PM  

Cutlers is Grade II listed and in the conservation area.

Anonymous,  May 24, 2023 at 4:12 PM  

Its what they do out of the town centre that concerns me now, warehouses seem to be popping up everywhere.

Anonymous,  May 24, 2023 at 4:47 PM  

Maybe so,but why have council acquired it then??

Anonymous,  May 24, 2023 at 5:39 PM  

I'm afraid the Cutlers as had its day as a music venue, noise complaints were always going to ruin the outside tent atmosphere 😅

Anonymous,  May 24, 2023 at 6:12 PM  

Don't things usually go up in smoke in Rotherham if they want em gone?

Anonymous,  May 24, 2023 at 11:49 PM  

Where does it mention the Cutlers? There are several other ex pubs close by, including the Dusty Miller the Wellington, the White Swan.

Anonymous,  May 25, 2023 at 1:37 AM  

As soon as you see words like 'quarter' and 'masterplanning' in any Rotherham Council proposals, you know full well that the scheme is just another pile of crap and already the signs are there. Whoops! there goes the bridge and just wait for the mediocrity to set in.

Anonymous,  May 25, 2023 at 9:09 AM  

The Cutlers and the Alma were both owned by Satnam, hopefully they'll do the right thing and sell the Cutlers to Chantry Brewery who have gone to extraordinary lengths to renovate and restore the historic pub. Hope they do something positive with the Alma, rather than the usual flatten and flats strategy.

The cynic in me tells me that I may be disappointed though.

Anonymous,  May 25, 2023 at 9:38 AM  

No, things that go up in smoke stay with us forever. Have you not walked down Corporation Street in the last 20 years?

Anonymous,  May 25, 2023 at 2:49 PM  

Rotherham already died its death long ago, what's the point in creating loads of disruption, spending loads of money for sweet FA to change...

Anonymous,  May 25, 2023 at 3:11 PM  

Relax all you real ale and real pub lovers. The Cutler's became a listed building in 2004,when it was recognised as one of the last surviving unspoilt Edward Ian pubs in Yorkshire.
So unless the Planning Department is involved the building should be safe.

Anonymous,  May 25, 2023 at 4:56 PM  

The Cutlers is leased to the brewery that's why they were begging for money within a month of lockdown.

Anonymous,  May 25, 2023 at 5:06 PM  

Truthfully it's been done on the cheap it resembles a half way house on an afternoon the tarpaulin round the back is embarrassing.

Anonymous,  May 25, 2023 at 5:26 PM  

Could still revoke it's licence though,due to proximity of residential properties and noise issue.In other hand,people shouldn't move into a town centre if they don't like noise.Suggest planner take a look at Salford, literally 1000s of high rise apartment blocks ,many with bars , restaurants,and music venues,on ground floors.But hey this is Rotherham,raan by a council in dark ages who haven't got a clue,they run Rotherham like a country parish,toytown if you like!

Anonymous,  May 26, 2023 at 5:05 AM  

Problem for the real ale lovers is its a one brewery pub ...its Chantry or nothing and not everyone's a fan.

Anonymous,  May 26, 2023 at 8:10 AM  

True, but there are an awful lot of fans.

Anonymous,  May 26, 2023 at 10:15 AM  

Yet rumours are its struggling go figure.

Anonymous,  May 26, 2023 at 11:46 AM  

Yet they come from all over Yorkshire for gigs,so it successful at least, hence why RMBC clowns will probably ruin it!

Anonymous,  May 28, 2023 at 10:44 AM  

Should look into getting whoever does the booking at Gorilla beer Hall...they've left em for dead in the last year.

Anonymous,  May 28, 2023 at 8:26 PM  

You're right about the nimbys who move into properties built near to pubs or music venues. They then want to said local businesses closed. Councils have a track record of taking more notice of such people against what was already there and RMBC are amongst the worst, sadly.

Anonymous,  May 28, 2023 at 9:47 PM  

The high rise fetishist is back

Anonymous,  May 29, 2023 at 11:53 AM  

Is that not the councils aim? they certainly don't seem pub friendly.... look at what we are left with in town..... all businesses seem to be struggling and they just seem to plan flats.

Anonymous,  May 29, 2023 at 4:04 PM  

I think you will find that over the past few years there have been as many pubs/bars opened in the town as have closed.

Anonymous,  June 2, 2023 at 4:59 PM  

And apart from Bluecoats, struggling to make a living... great additions.

Anonymous,  June 6, 2023 at 9:09 AM  

Wonder if the "Raging bull" will have the last laugh here?....the landlady did end up in the national papers having a go at the council officials....maybe it's payback time!

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