Wednesday, December 20, 2023

News: Change of use for Rotherham town centre building


The Old Warehouse on Bridge Street looks set to be converted as plans are approved to enable it to be used as a wedding venue. Retail premises on Bridgegate are also earmarked for change.

Rothbiz reported in October that a premises licence application was submitted for the Old Warehouse covering the sale of alcohol, late night refreshments and for the performance of live and recorded music. Opening hours would be until 1am Monday - Saturday.

Plans show how the restored warehouse building on the banks of the canal, and close to Rotherham central station and Forge Island, would include a bar area, toilets and areas for entertainment, plus tables and seating.

The outside area on the canal could inlcude a log cabin, outside bar, a marque seating area and space for a food van and temporary toilets.

An accompanying planning application for the Old Warehouse states that the first floor would become "a venue which can hold weddings and cultural events etc."

The building was previously used by furniture retailer, Made by Nook, and a printing firm remains on the ground floor.

The Council's Environmental Health team raised the issue of the proximity to a residential dwelling on the site - Wharf House - which is occupied by the applicant and is connected to the business.

Documents state: "There is the potential for nuisance to any future occupiers of Wharf House (should it be sold or rented to somebody other than the applicant) as a result of noise from the function room including amplified music and raised voices. However, following discussions with the applicant they are willing to maintain the link between the proposed business and the dwelling.

"The applicant is willing to ensure that the Wharf House is not rented or sold separately to The Old Warehouse. There is no objection from the applicant to the imposition of a planning condition to ensure that The Old Warehouse only be operated by the person who occupies the dwelling at Wharf House. If this condition can be imposed, it will remove the possibility of noise complaints as a result of the use of the proposed business."

A condition has been attached to the planning approval.

At 36 Bridgegate, known to many as Ashwoods Furniture, plans have been submitted to change the commercial unit on the ground floor and the units above.

The application, submitted by SLA Design for M Manzoor, shows that the upper floors of the three storey mid-terraced commercial property would be converted into flats - 3 one bedroom apartments and 1 three bedroom apartment.

Plans for the ground floor are for it to change from retail to a 1,600 sq ft restaurant with takeaway and delivery.

The building is within the town centre conservation area and no internal or external alterations are proposed to convert the upper floors into flats.

Images: Google Maps / SLA Design


Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 11:41 AM  

Wouldn't shop there on principle until the public footpath is reopened.

Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 11:44 AM  

Is it in the town centre though?

Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 12:39 PM  

What footpath are you referring to ???

Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 1:20 PM  

Always makes me chuckle,when Rotherham planners,try to block leisure developments,with this nuisance to residential cobblers,they should go look around virtually every other town /city centre most have lots with bars restaurants on ground floors,go to Salford thousands of apartment/flats with restaurants and bars operating while 4/5 in morning, Rotherham so far behind times!

Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 1:24 PM  

Oh goodie,more flats,for more quality people that just love to make Rotherham town centre there home, message as already gone out in Calais!😁

Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 2:23 PM  

Is it the old pine place? And have they stopped access?

Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 4:18 PM  

Don't worry Suella. If the message is as grammatically correct as yours nobody will be able to understand it.

Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 4:21 PM  

Are they trying to block it though?

Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 6:28 PM  

Especially if gibberish isn't their first language.

Rothguy December 20, 2023 at 6:43 PM  

People really need to stop using anon accounts it looks like they are arguing with theirselves.

Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 10:14 PM  

They probably are

Anonymous,  December 20, 2023 at 10:20 PM  

Themselves, surely?

Anonymous,  December 21, 2023 at 2:53 AM  

Why what's actually wrong with the comment,I personally agree, obviously all you've got is involving the Gwamma police,which basically says you've got nothing regards argument against the point.

Anonymous,  December 21, 2023 at 10:32 AM  

I agree that footpath needs to be reopened it belongs to canal & river trust anyway

Anonymous,  December 21, 2023 at 12:05 PM  

What's wrong with the comment and with similar ones you regularly post are the references to asylum seekers/undesirable elements etc etc

Anonymous,  December 21, 2023 at 2:37 PM  

Well enlighten me and tell me the good they're bringing to towns like Rotherham?Come on ,I'm waiting!

Anonymous,  December 21, 2023 at 3:01 PM  

So it's not enough for people like the Palestinian children and their parents to be bombed out of existence. They have to be denigrated by people like you who have no compassion.

Anonymous,  December 21, 2023 at 5:17 PM  

Ah, but what are they contributing when they get here?

Anonymous,  December 22, 2023 at 7:19 AM  

The ghost of Enoch Powell stalks our town.

Anonymous,  December 22, 2023 at 2:29 PM  

I hope there aren't any cartoons on the walls. We wouldn't want to make them feel wanted would we?

Anonymous,  December 22, 2023 at 10:35 PM  

Just show them some of the posts on here. That will make it clear how welcome they are

Anonymous,  December 23, 2023 at 8:07 AM  

No danger of that

Anonymous,  December 23, 2023 at 3:44 PM  

No good wasting money on educating the children. Put them to work straight away at an Amazon factory.

Anonymous,  January 10, 2024 at 2:06 PM  

Does anyone actually look at the planning applications and RMBCs Planning Portal?
The Planning Application says the site is NOT in a flood area, but it still got approved?
The 'Approval' Decision Notice has NOT been made available (again).
I contacted RMBC about the closure of the 'Public Footpath', but they washed their hands of it and blamed the Canal & River Trust.
I pressume we will never see the detailed proposals (or anything else), so we will never know if the path will be reinstated or if the 'Public Venue' will actually be accessible to disabled (like most of the new developments in Rotherham - e.g. High St shops).

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