Monday, June 19, 2023

News: Plans approved for 300 houses in Rotherham


A national housebuilder has received planning approval from Rotherham Council for a large housing development near West Melton and Brampton.

Rothbiz reported in October that the application from Persimmon for 311 houses on land off Barnsley Road / Pontefract Road was recommended for approval by the planning board.

The greenfield site was allocated for housing in Rotherham's development plan in 2018 then Fitzwilliam Wentworth Estates put the 11.73 hectare site up for sale in 2019.

The full application is for a development that provides a mix of, two, three and four bed dwellings and a range of sizes to meet family needs. In Persimmon's styles, the proposed units are all two storeys in height with the exception of some house types which are 2.5 storeys with a master bedroom provided in the roof space.

The proposal also includes the provision of 25% on site affordable housing units, which equates to 78 dwellings. Vehicle access is proposed off Barnsley Road but not Pontefract Road due to the level difference between the site and Pontefract Road, along with the presence of a gas main.

The delay was caused by the number of conditions attached to the approval and now a Section 106 agreement (a mechanism which makes a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable) has been signed by the council and developer, meaning that planning approval is granted.

In addition to the 25% affordable housing, other conditions in the Section 106 agreement include £155,500 towards sustainable transport measures, a £45,000 contribution to maintenance of existing Off Site Play Area within 400m of the site, a £45,000 contribution to footpath links, a £145,659 contribution to meet the increased demand of sport in the locality, a £54,947 contribution towards two bus shelters with real time digital displays near the site and a £609,451.75 contribution to education.

Persimmon, a listed company headquarted in York, reported total group revenues of £3.82bn for the year ended 31 December 2022, up from £3.61bn in 2021. Profit before tax was £730.7m, down from £966.8m the previous year. Warning that "the market remains uncertain" bosses said there could be 8,000-9,000 sales in 2023 unless there was a market improvement. 8,000 sales would be a 46% drop on the 14,868 homes completed in 2022.

Persimmon website

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Anonymous,  June 19, 2023 at 1:43 PM  

If you built them on top of each other you could get 3000 homes on there.

Anonymous,  June 19, 2023 at 2:31 PM  

House's, house's, house's,I'd like to know whos got money to be able to afford em especially with times of high interest rates.Think as someone said in a previous thread,get feeling much of development is down to keeping building industry working.

Anonymous,  June 19, 2023 at 3:52 PM  

Never like houses built where the people will probably shop/drink in nearby Barnsley rather than Rotherham.
Always thought the idea of RMBC was to attract people towards the town rather than on the outskirts.
Similar arguments stand with the new town at Waverley as the attraction of Sheffield/Meadowhall will surely be stronger than Rotherham.

Anonymous,  June 19, 2023 at 4:13 PM  

311 houses = 311 council tax payers = half a million quid every year to the council coffers. For ever.

Anonymous,  June 20, 2023 at 4:52 PM  

There is a national shortage of houses so there is clearly demand, and houses will be built where there is suitable available land rather than on an assumption as to where residents will drink.

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