Wednesday, June 28, 2023

News: 9,999 capacity events plan for Rotherham green belt site


A plot of greenbelt land where developers were turned down planning permission for housing could be used for a number of near 10,000 capacity outdoor events, if a newly submitted licensing application is approved.

Pocket Sports Bar Limited, which operates in Worksop and Mexborough, has applied for a new licence to provide a range of activities on land known as The Pitches, including live music and the sale of alcohol.

Newett Homes proposed a high-quality residential development comprising 124 dwellings on the land close to The Stag. Revised down to 116 dwellings, the council's planning board voted to refuse the plans - going against a recommendation by its officers.

Following a subsequent appeal, a planning inspector ruled that the site provides a "visual amenity role for the local community and area" and said that houses should not be built there. The land has since been placed on Rotherham Council's register of Assets of Community Value.

The nine acre site on Wickersley Road has previously been used for football, cricket, hockey, tennis and bowls but it has been vacant for over five years. However, the club house remains on the site, complete with alcohol licence.

Applicants say that: "The current licence would remain in force, likely to be subject to variation for plans and area" and have now applied for a licence to cover the whole site.

The application seeks to provide the following licensable activities, all of which will be provided outdoors in the open space:

- Performance of plays
- Exhibition of films
- Live music
- Recorded Music
- Performance of Dance
- Anything of a similar description to 3, 4, and 5 above
- The sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises, that is the open space

The hours sought in the application are between 12 noon and 10pm every day of the week, closing at 11pm.

The application form adds: "This would be for a bespoke premises licence that allowed a number of events a year. For 2023 - 1 - 2, for 2024 - 1-3, from 2025 onward - no more than 6 events a year."

Applicants say that the capacity for the events would be no more than 9,999, adding that the site itself is 40,000 sq. m. (430,500 sq. ft.), "which without infrastructure could hold up to 100,000 people. (2.5 persons per sqm = 100,000). The planned capacity limit is roughly 10% of what the site could hold without infrastructure."

Pocket Sports Bar Limited, which already has its registered address at The Pitches, shares a director - Peter Eyre - with Pitches Developments Ltd, the firm involved in the housing scheme.

Representations to the application must be received by Rotherham Council no later than July 3 2023.

Images: Google Maps


Anonymous,  June 28, 2023 at 5:08 PM  

Guaranteed this will be turned down!

Rothguy June 28, 2023 at 10:00 PM  

Well if you look at company's house it isn't just on Eyre family member.

I'm not judging them I'm stating it's a family concern.

Anonymous,  June 28, 2023 at 11:42 PM  

For me, this isn't a straightforward one. Yes, 10,000 people using the site for a live music event would need a lot of thought regarding infrastructure and noise impact, especially if its an open air event. But the devil is in the detail and that's not needed at this stage.

Part of me thinks that if it is rejected, then they will say the site isn't viable as sports facility either and go for another bash at housing development again.

Tough one for RMBC!

Anonymous,  June 29, 2023 at 8:57 AM  

I'm just surprised there isn't a warehouse on there by now!

Anonymous,  June 29, 2023 at 12:15 PM  

Reckon this is owners taking the p### and winding neighbours up who objected to housing development,I mean ,site could have 100000 people on ,got to laugh really, obviously a joke on neighbours to get em in a tiswas🤣🤣

Anonymous,  July 7, 2023 at 9:41 AM  

"visual amenity role for the local community and area"
its only visible to the houses that back on to it, if the owner hasnt already he needs to block off the private gates from the houses backing on that use it as a private dog walking area.

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