Wednesday, May 24, 2023

News: Rotherham bus depot demolition


A large vacant bus depot in Rotherham can be demolished under recently approved plans.

Rothbiz reported in 2016 that First Group was vacating the Midland Road site, relocating employees to Sheffield and Doncaster.

The Masbrough property came into the hands of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA) as the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), which is responsible for the co-ordination of public transport in South Yorkshire, has been integrated into the MCA.

The MCA's board agreed to sell off the 212,000 sq ft warehouse last year.

The site consists of aged office accommodation and bus sheds and was constructed over 40 years ago. Following bus de-regulation the site was leased to a number of private operators, generating a financial return that was re-invested into transport activity. It was also used as a COVID-19 test centre during the global pandemic.

Sitting empty, it cost the MCA £160,000 a year in rates and security.

At the time, the MCA agreed to dispose of the site in the most efficient means possible, which could also include clearing the existing site to enable a more efficient sale.

This month, a planning application to determine whether prior approval is required of the method of demolition and restoration of the site has been granted by Rotherham Council. It comes with a number of conditions regarding demolition and remediation works such as the need to approve methods and means of disposal both on site and off site of the debris. Details over the timescales for restoration after the demolition also need checking by planners.

The planning application is from Prospect Estates Ltd, a UK focused real estate investment management company, that has been advertising the property as being for sale.

The Leeds based firm has previously had success with commercial property in Eastwood, Rotherham.

Prospect Estates website

Images: Google Maps


Anonymous,  May 25, 2023 at 7:36 AM  

Having made more than one visit to the site, I would suggest that the buildings were deteriorating badly long before 2016. The poor condition was very evident in 2019 but (at a sensible price) still had potential- including, because of the parking, potential for small (dirty or noisy) businesses not welcome on smart, new business estates. Since then the security had decreased to the point of being non-existent- hence the trespassing and vandalism. Add in the asbestos risks and demolition then re-development is now the only answer.

Anonymous,  May 25, 2023 at 2:31 PM  

Sounds to me as though, with a few more years deterioration and neglect, it would provide ideal premises for a Housing Association to offer accommodation to low income families There is probably no damp or mould at the moment but a Housing Association could soon put that right.

Anonymous,  May 25, 2023 at 5:27 PM  

Yeah pretty sure many will be currently putting there names darn for em...on beach in Northern France 🤣

Anonymous,  May 25, 2023 at 11:51 PM  

Are you playing devil's advocate and trying to flush out the Little England, Brexiteering, Sun reading, Tory voting xenophobic element? Or are you just a bigot?

Anonymous,  May 26, 2023 at 9:55 AM  

You're a bigot if you're suggesting everyone who reads The Sun, Voted Tory and Brexit is xenophobic or bigoted.

And that's coming from somebody who did/does none of those.

Anonymous,  May 26, 2023 at 3:35 PM  

Then why the perpetual sniping at asylum seekers?

Anonymous,  May 28, 2023 at 1:28 AM  

Cos they're a problem for our society....that's the simple answer!

Anonymous,  May 28, 2023 at 5:29 PM  

It's a pity there is no simple answer to the asylum issue. The only certain thing is that demonising asylum seekers is not helpful.

Anonymous,  May 28, 2023 at 9:49 PM  

Can’t you tell it was a different person making that comment?

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