Monday, August 7, 2023

News: Olive Lane plans submitted showing scaled back mixed use development


Plans have been detailed for the long-awaited mixed-use scheme which is set to form the heart of the community at the Waverley development in Rotherham.

Much reduced since previous iterations, out go the 16,500 sq ft discount supermarket and offices and in come a new piazza and 50 more residential units.

A £50m scheme from landowner and developer, Harworth, and Dransfield Properties Ltd for the land between the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) and the housing estates was approved in 2017, but this was scaled back in 2021 after a contraction in investment in new retail developments following a recession, Brexit and the COVID pandemic.

The 2021 application has been withdrawn and replaced by this new application from Harworth. It comes after plans progressed for new residential developments on the land originally earmarked for the larger Olive Lane scheme, and a £2m medical centre where construction is now scheduled for September.

Plans have also been approved for the Waverley Waterfront area which will include commercial space by the lake.

Submitted by consultants, Stantec, the latest plans describe the proposals as "a new high quality vibrant mixed-use centre at the heart of Waverley with uses specific to the needs of residents and occupiers at the AMP to create a truly sustainable new community" which will create "a new sense of place within Waverley through the creation of an attractive, comfortable place to live, work and visit."

The plans include a new High Street that will include six commercial buildings suitable for leisure and retail uses such as a pharmacy, optician, nursery, bars / restaurants or bakery. The street will be anchored by a 4,000 sq ft supermarket and a new community centre.

The proposed new local centre includes a new piazza which will be available for a variety of outdoor uses including community events, pop-up markets and stalls and farmers markets.

Some office space is still proposed, but on a much smaller scale that earlier plans, which were considered not deliverable. The application adds that "marketing of the site has been carried out by Harworth which has also identified a lack of demand for office space within this location and elsewhere across Waverley as a whole."

The main addition is for 50 new residential units - 42, 2-bed and 8, 3-bed - which applicants say will "diversify the existing residential development across Waverley New Community (WNC) and to help give this more urban site the critical mass required for a thriving local centre" and "offer two and three bedroom properties which is unlike anything currently available across the Waverley Estate."

No affordable houses will be included on site. Instead the developer said it would pay the council to arrange to build them elsewhere.

A "bus hub" is planned for Highfield Spring and the main access is to be taken from Stephenson Way with a two-way access planned. 44 car park spaces are in the plans for the commercial developmentof Olive Lane.

Applicants explain the changes in the plans: "At the time of the last planning consent (now expired) for main town centre uses, the national picture in terms of the retail market was very different. UK retail sales have suffered large declines in part due to Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic, and increase in people shopping online and most recently the cost of living crisis.

"In this climate there is little investment in retail floorspace and developments for town centre uses are being reimagined, with overall retail floorspace quantities and floorplate sizes reducing. It is with this backdrop that the previous application was submitted.

"Since submission of the previous application, there has been a cost-of-living crisis along with huge increases in inflation and construction costs. A revised proposal is therefore now being sought which will cater for the immediate needs of the surrounding community and is deliverable. Following the approval of this application, Harworth is looking to be on site in early 2024 with completion of the build expected by December 2024. Harworth is aware of the critical need to provide services for the residents and occupiers of the AMP at Waverley. However, it is also important that the scheme delivered is viable and lettable and meets the needs of the local residents.

"The scheme proposed is a highly sustainable community led scheme, whose delivery is now critical to the continuing sustainability of the Waverley Development. The scheme will deliver the much-needed services for local residents within walking distance and therefore more sustainable than driving to access these services.

"The floorspace proposed through this application will create an attractive and functional retail centre for Waverley. It will create a new high street acting as a buffer between the Advanced Manufacturing Park and the residential properties at Waverley New Community."

Harworth website

Images: Harworth / VectorDC


Anonymous,  August 8, 2023 at 2:33 PM  

December ‘24??
Wishful thinking at best with their track record on delivering infrastructure, add another 12 months and that’s if Olive Lane doesn’t get halved in size again before then

Michael Thompson,  August 8, 2023 at 4:44 PM  

Why are businesses like this, with no factual information at all, allowed to use the 'Brexit' argument. It's just nonsensical rubbish.

Anonymous,  August 8, 2023 at 6:32 PM  

So are you saying Brexit has not impacted retail?

Anonymous,  August 8, 2023 at 10:40 PM  

I don't think they're blaming Brexit in it's entirety, they're saying it was a factor, along with many other things.

Jez August 9, 2023 at 1:45 AM  

Brexit has impacted everything!!

Anonymous,  August 9, 2023 at 6:06 PM  

Here we go,the remoaners,at it again blaming everything on Brexit.Try blaming it on the fact that country is bankrupt,due to the madness of shutting country down and paying millions to sit at home on virtually full pay for 2 years,all for a bloody cold virus.I said at time when people were happy to go along with it(I actually worked all way through it)that there would be an heavy price to pay that would effect country for many years,there no such thing as free money,it's all got to be paid back!

Anonymous,  August 9, 2023 at 9:03 PM  

What a stupid post.

Anonymous,  August 9, 2023 at 9:54 PM  

The person making the "remoaner" comment clearly has not read the article. If they had they would have seen the pandemic is referenced along with Brexit, the online shift and the current cost of living situation:

"At the time of the last planning consent (now expired) for main town centre uses, the national picture in terms of the retail market was very different. UK retail sales have suffered large declines in part due to Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic, and increase in people shopping online and most recently the cost of living crisis"

Jez August 9, 2023 at 11:11 PM  

How I wish there was some way that the families of the millions who have died from Covid could impress upon you what an insensitive oaf you are. In terms of breathtaking idiocy Covid denial ranks alongside Holocaust denial.

Jez August 10, 2023 at 9:50 PM  

There are those who cannot bring themselves to admit that Brexit has not been an unqualified success. There are also those who subscribe to the Covid conspiracy theory. Put those two toxic conditions together in one person and you have a Trump fellow traveller.

Anonymous,  August 12, 2023 at 9:54 AM  

On the issue of Brexit “Brexit has been a failure” in the words of Nigel Farage not mine and it has ultimately left everyone poorer which in turn has impacted the high street and people’s spending power.

Jez August 13, 2023 at 7:33 AM  

We all know that Brexit would not have happened but for the lies and promises made about immigration and "taking back our borders".
Well that worked out well didn't it?

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