Wednesday, June 7, 2023

News: Plans progress for commercial units by Rotherham nightclub site


Plans have been detailed that make use of vacant land on the edge of Rotherham town centre, close to where a popular nightclub once stood.

Rotherham-based developer EV Waddington Ltd has supplied much needed industrial and manufacturing accommodation across the borough over the years and is now progressing plans to build a speculative development on land off Brinsworth Street.

Outline planning permission showing four employment units totalling 23.400 sq ft, was approved at the end of 2022.

To the rear of the site of the Liquid & Envy nightclub, the brownfield land between the railway line and Centenary Way has in recent years been used as a car park.

The latest detailed plans show four new light industrial units, ranging from 5,470 sq ft to 5,585 sq ft, and that the existing vehicle entrance off Brinsworth Street to be retained. Details of drainage, landscaping and construction management are also included.

Made part of a site for Mixed Use Allocation in the borough's Local Plan called "MU09," the town centre masterplan of 2017 had the Main Street area down for a new gateway development providing commercial use and retail uses close to, but not competing with, the core town centre. This included ideas for a new larger format discount-convenience food store along with ancillary large format retail units and a drive-thru café / food and drink unit. The 2022 plans stated: "At the time this document was produced there was retail interest in the northern site which we understand is not now the case."

In approving outline plans, council planners said: "Whilst not fully in accordance with MU09 in land use terms, the policy allows proposals to be considered where a non-included uses (sic) can be considered on their own merits.

"Overall it is considered that the principle of the proposal has an acceptable mix of employment uses and that the site is more suited to employment use than some of the other uses within E Class [a whole range of uses now under Commercial, Business and Service] given the character of the immediate area. It is considered to be appropriate for this site."

E V Waddington Ltd has already developed 31 East in Dinnington, Northfield Business Park in Rotherham, Vantage Park in Sheffield, Shortwood Business Park in Barnsley, and Aldwarke Business Park and Chesterton Court in Rotherham.

The Liquid & Envy nightclub closed in 2012 following a decline in trade. The previous operators, Luminar Leisure, went into administration in October 2011 and a subsequent £45m deal to save the operation included the purchase of the Main Street venue but it closed in the December of 2012.

The site went up for sale but it was demolished in 2015.

Waddingtons website

Images: Google Maps


Anonymous,  June 7, 2023 at 2:27 PM  

Always nice to see derelict sites being put to better use, though I suppose Sky-scraper lad will be querying why the Council aren't building another Shard

Anonymous,  June 7, 2023 at 2:57 PM  

Match day parking will be fun if that gets built on.

Anonymous,  June 7, 2023 at 10:24 PM  

Another waste of valuable land in a town centre,pretty sure something better than industrial units could be built, especially when there's scores all over Rotherham standing empty.Think RMBC are intent on shrinking Rotherham town centre so there's is virtually nothing,it's not so many years ago this was a thriving part of town with a nightclub either side of road,all part of the council inspired demise of Rotherham town centre!

Anonymous,  June 8, 2023 at 12:49 AM  

"Valuable land in a town centre"?. Are you for real. To begin with it is nowhere near the centre and if it is so valuable, why has nothing been done with it in the last 12 years.

Anonymous,  June 8, 2023 at 11:00 AM  

Well ,pretty sure it's viable for housing , appartments,better than concreting over bloody green field sites!

Anonymous,  June 8, 2023 at 11:04 AM  

It's no where near centre ,cos council continue to shrink town centre area,where all other local towns Barnsley (pretend city Doncaster)are extending there central areas,Some villages have a larger more vibrant centre than Rotherham,like some have said on here before, Rotherham council haven't got a clue how to run a large town

Anonymous,  June 8, 2023 at 11:08 AM  

Got to agree with above comment,dose seem a waste of land, building pointless industrial units ,when so many stand empty,I note the one built across the road from this site (where Travellers pub was)is still empty,so seems little demand in that area.

Anonymous,  June 8, 2023 at 11:09 AM  

Silly comment-it’s on the edge of the town centre, not as you say no where near the town centre! As for not being developed before this is Rotherham we are talking about!

Anonymous,  June 8, 2023 at 4:39 PM  

The current site is an eyesore so it is great to see some new development putting this land to use. Those lamenting the loss of the night club are living in the past. If it was a viable business it would still be there.

Anonymous,  June 8, 2023 at 6:38 PM  

On edge of the town centre as Canklow is on the edge of Wellgate

Anonymous,  June 8, 2023 at 6:45 PM  

I don't think they even had a life in the past. They are just sad sacks

Anonymous,  June 9, 2023 at 7:56 AM  

So it would be better to reject this development and hope that in another 10 or 15 years a benefactor is going to come along and build a 35 storey luxury hotel? Wake up and taste the coffee fcs.

Anonymous,  June 16, 2023 at 3:05 PM  

A mate of mine had an 8 storey development bid for that site turned down a few years ago. He always put it down to anti traveller sentiments but I thought it was just that they didn't like tall caravans.

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