Monday, June 12, 2023

News: New Parkgate link road spurs landowner into action


The construction of a new £12m transport scheme in Rotherham has led to a prominent landowner putting forward proposals to take advantage of the improvements in the area around Parkgate Shopping.

Outline plans show some 434,862 sq ft of new commercial space on brownfield land.

Work began at the start of 2023 on a new 800 metre road between Aldwarke Lane and both Stonerow Way and Stadium Way which is set to provide a second access route to Parkgate Shopping, via a roundabout between the two railway bridges. It is designed to relieve existing congestion on the A633 around Parkgate Shopping and improve traffic flow and bus journey times on the corridor and wider road network.

The Stadium Group, which successfully developed the retail park in the Enterprise Zone created on the former Parkage steel works, has now used the link road as a catalyst to look again at a remaining 22 acre plot of land bordered by Aldwarke Lane, Parkgate Shopping, the railway line and the new link road.

Plans, drawn up by Tetra Tech and DLA Architecture, explain that the land was historically used to dispose of blast furnace slag associated with the former Parkgate Steel works and formerly contained coke ovens, a tarred slag works, railway sidings, liquid waste lagoons and a subsequent aggregate working plant.

Remaining undeveloped, the site was designated to be a mixed use area in the borough's local plan in 2018 and various options have been looked at.

Initial discussion from 2021 show that 260 residential apartments were considered but leisure uses were discounted due to concerns over viability. Therefore, the first plans to come forward are for a range of industrial buildings covering the whole site.

Outline plans show five units for B2 General industrial and B8 Storage or distribution with a gross external area of 434,862 sq ft.

With the new link road, access would be from Aldwarke Lane and Stadium Way / Stonerow Way, where a new park & ride facility is being created for the Sheffield - Rotherham tram train.

The proposal is larger than the similar recent application for 330,000 sq ft of commercial buildings on surplus land at the Sewage Treatment Works at Aldwarke where applicants say over 800 new jobs could be created.

Previous plans from the Stadium Group for the land have included a 2004 scheme based around an 11 pitch soccer dome with a health and fitness club and swimming pool, plus new retail and restaurant units.

The plans were recommended for approval but developers withdrew when the council included a condition that permission would only be granted with a £1.6m contribution towards the construction of a new road between Stonerow Way including a bridge over the railway line.

Images: Google Maps


Anonymous,  June 12, 2023 at 1:09 PM  

800 new jobs.....yeah right!More like more units standing empty!

Anonymous,  June 12, 2023 at 1:28 PM  

Skyscrapers anyone?

Anonymous,  June 12, 2023 at 3:13 PM  

So many saddos and their negative comments 😂. This is great for parkgate.

Anonymous,  June 12, 2023 at 4:23 PM  

Great that the road will be a catalyst for development. Again I'm not sure why people are moaning - would you rather the land remained undeveloped?

Anonymous,  June 12, 2023 at 5:44 PM  

Agree with top comment,these developments are happening all over,and as said stand empty, sometimes years,think it's just brown envelopes been exchanged ,to keep developers and building industry in work, unfortunately in many cases to the detriment of the environment,the the carbuncle at hellaby comes to mind.

Anonymous,  June 12, 2023 at 5:58 PM  

What has been missed as part of the new road project is that there is an underpass (under the railway line) that could have provided pedestrian access from halfway along Waddington Way to the new road. That would have massively reduced the walking distance from the industrial estate to Supertram and might reduced car usage. Also a shorter journey on dark mornings & evenings would have been safer for the hardy souls that do walk.

Anonymous,  June 12, 2023 at 6:57 PM  

Of course they would

Anonymous,  June 12, 2023 at 10:11 PM  


Anonymous,  June 13, 2023 at 12:33 PM  

Nothing allegedly about carbuncle on landscape that no one wanted!

Anonymous,  June 13, 2023 at 4:16 PM  

The Hellaby 'development' is a disgrace

Anonymous,  June 14, 2023 at 10:52 AM  

Seems a better location to build industrial units rather than right on the top of already establish residential areas.

Isn't there quite a bit of spare landing across from the Steel Works? Or is that fit to build on?

Anonymous,  June 14, 2023 at 3:00 PM  

Rotherham council are always greedy and looking for what they can fiddle. £1.6 million clause so the developer backs out! Typical of Rotherham councillors. Riddled with corruption throughout.

Anonymous,  June 14, 2023 at 3:21 PM  

Someone has to do something about the traffic around parkgate it's a mess

Anonymous,  June 14, 2023 at 4:05 PM  

There is still quite a bit if nuclear waste on that site

Anonymous,  June 14, 2023 at 4:08 PM  

Totally agree that Monster at Hellaby was totally unwanted..... Look at it its bloody Awful and again will stand empty for years

Anonymous,  June 14, 2023 at 4:31 PM  

Alliance Automotive Group UK (AAG UK) has signed a 25 year lease for the big hellaby unit.

Anonymous,  June 15, 2023 at 7:03 AM  

Bit harsh and inflammatory that. I should think you may be getting a letter from the council's legal department before long.

Anonymous,  June 15, 2023 at 7:06 AM  

There is a plan to introduce a traffic policeman wearing white gloves to direct traffic on the Parkgate Shopping roundabout. This makes sense because a lot of congestion is caused by poor driving.

Anonymous,  June 15, 2023 at 7:12 AM  

Contrary to the view that the council is averse to multi-story buildings, this is where the planning Department built an underground "skyscraper" bunker to protect highly skilled council planners in the event of a nuclear war. However, the idea was abandoned because no one fitted the skills criteria. It is currently used to stockpile Highway Department cones.

Anonymous,  June 15, 2023 at 7:15 AM  

This site has yet to be cleared of WW2 landmines laid to deter German invaders gaining access to RMBC development plans and thus subjecting the town to 80 years of planning inactivity. Oh, wait a minute.......

Anonymous,  June 15, 2023 at 11:05 AM  

It is a widely held belief that when the bunker was largely abandoned a team of staff from Planning was sealed in at one of the lower levels. Stories have been told of cannibalism and that there may still be life but not as we know it Jim

Anonymous,  June 15, 2023 at 7:48 PM  

I believe they made a film about it in the 80s. Didn't realise that it was true though.

Anonymous,  June 16, 2023 at 1:55 AM  

Wasn't it called "Crinoline Apocalypse" or something?

Anonymous,  June 16, 2023 at 7:20 AM  

Just wondering whether the Hellaby carbuncle remark is aimed at Hellaby Hall or the Jehova's Witness building?

Anonymous,  June 16, 2023 at 2:56 PM  

"Sir Jack the Ripper", or "Left something lurking in my wardrobe"

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