Thursday, May 9, 2024

News: New plans for historic Rotherham bank building


A prominent vacant building in Rotherham town centre could be brought back to life under newly submitted plans. Music to the ears of the indepdendent traders revitalsing the historic High Street.

In 2020 Rothbiz reported that permission had been granted to allow for part of the ground floor of the Grade II listed building, most recently the Royal Bank of Scotland, to change from financial and professional services (A2) so that it can be used as a café or restaurant (A3). Consent was also granted for internal alterations, as were plans to demolish redundant outbuildings in the rear yard.

Applicants, Zayan Developments, then applied to change of use of the first and second floors so it could operate as a hotel.

With little progress, and plans for a nearby hairdressers to relocate into the building also falling flat, a new potential occupier has submitted a planning application to Rotherham Council to enable a new use in the space.

Rock Out Music Provision, the brainchild of local Rotherham musician and tutor, Martyn Scott is developing plans for a new business for music provision.

His plans explain that the centre would incorporate "music creation, production and educational activities in Rotherham Town Centre. The building will not be changed but inside I would like to build some false wall particians [sic] to create separate rooms."

Plans show that the 2,927 sq ft space would have sound proofed partitian walls and ceilings built to create separate rooms.

Activities could include after school band/ensemble work shops, 1 to 1 instrumental and music production lessons, band rehearsal spaces, alternate provision for young people in the community not accessing a full school timetable, workshops for schools, a recording studio suite, adult band coaching sessions, adult ukulele clubs and "Mini Rockers" parent and baby bonding/sensory sessions.

Martyn Scott of Rock Out Music Provision, said: "I’m looking to open a provision consisting of four band rehearsal spaces fully equipped with band instruments and get young people who may or may not already play an instrument into a band and start making music with one rule… to ROCK OUT!!!

"The bands would be tutored by me with the hope of developing repertoire and who knows, to arrange concerts and events in the future.

"The rock bands would operate as an after school provision for young people to come and spend an hour rehearsing and learning to play with other musicians and experience the feeling of playing in a band. There’s nothing like it and it really does offer a depth to a person's musical learning that playing on your own or to a backing track doesn’t give you."

Rock Out Music Provision facebook page

Images: Avison Young / CPR


Anonymous,  May 9, 2024 at 11:23 AM  

It would be better as a weatherspoons, Bluecoats looks tatty and not that accessible for wheelchairs etc

Anonymous,  May 9, 2024 at 11:33 AM  

partition, me-thinks… not ‘partician’

Anonymous,  May 9, 2024 at 1:48 PM  

Thumbs down from me,if town is going down the leisure route,then more bars and restaurants required,t make it more of a leisure destination.

Anonymous,  May 9, 2024 at 1:53 PM  

Surely this sort of business is more in place on an industrial estate,not a town centre? Surely better as a restaurant/bar?Only Rotherham.....said it before,suggest powers go take a look at other town centres,not got a clue!

Jez May 9, 2024 at 5:07 PM  

Always carping on here. The building has been stood empty for years and interest as a bar, restaurant is clearly not there. So if this proposed development can breathe a bit more life into the High Street then good luck to everyone concerned.

Anonymous,  May 9, 2024 at 7:43 PM  

Is it not better to have the building occupied by a new business rather than stand empty? "Suggest powers go take a look at other town centers" is irrelevant. It is nothing to do with the council if there is no interest from anyone to open a bar.

Anonymous,  May 9, 2024 at 7:47 PM  

And it is great that there will be facilities for budding musicians. Hope it gets the nod.

Anonymous,  May 9, 2024 at 9:59 PM  

Very true and I can tell you that there is not a town or city in the country that does not have buildings standing empty. In fact Rotherham is now better placed than most because all the large stores closed down years ago. Other places are only recently starting to feel the pain

Anonymous,  May 10, 2024 at 9:47 AM  

Agree with you Jez, better to have it in use than stood empty awaiting the inevitable arsonists!

It's a shame that this didn't come along a few years ago when the Get Sorted Academy closed. Seems such a waste for that beautiful old pub to be now home about a dozen or so ghetto-like flats.

Anonymous,  May 10, 2024 at 11:13 AM  

If you want it to be a bar or restaurant, why don't you open one instead of just moaning?

Anonymous,  May 10, 2024 at 12:18 PM  

Labour voters with there rose tinted specs on.... Rotherhams labour council is to blame for it resembling a third world ghetto,with no shops, quality bars or restaurants....yet you fools continue to vote for em....but of course it's all the Tories fault, strange when they've never been in power here😏

Anonymous,  May 10, 2024 at 12:26 PM  

Couldn't agree more.If Rotherham thinks it can become a leisure destination simply with the new forge island development,then they're in for a shock,more bars/restaurants and town centre bowling needed to even try to compete with other towns.

Anonymous,  May 10, 2024 at 12:38 PM  

Be even worse if Tories were in charge, any monies coming Rotherhams way would be sent straight onto their mates or local landlords!

Anonymous,  May 10, 2024 at 2:51 PM  

But some of it would be handed over by election agents in cash to MPs who were being held by some "bad people".
And it there was anything left over it could go to Mrs Johnson for wallpaper.

Anonymous,  May 10, 2024 at 7:46 PM  

What do you propose that the council should do that would lead to more shows, quality bars and restaurants?

Anonymous,  May 10, 2024 at 11:37 PM  

Or a duck house, or PPE with holes in, or a peerage or lie detectors for Post Office Executives.....

Anonymous,  May 11, 2024 at 5:36 AM  

What an amazing idea for this building! There is little to no provision like this in Rotherham. So many young musicians could benefit from this!

Jez May 11, 2024 at 8:54 AM  

Agreed. It is a fantastic idea and great that as broad a range of services and facilities as possible is on offer in the town. Why are there so many negative voices on here?

Anonymous,  May 11, 2024 at 2:54 PM  

So we are negative just for wanting more high rise casinos massage parlours and gentlemen clubs? You bleeding heart middle class liberals are all the same. Never happy unless you are whining on about simple working men's pleasures like cock fighting badger baiting and American bullies. I just hope the Tories get back in so that we can preserve the British Way! You'd never see one of the law breaking boat people in the County now would you. That's what's wrong with this country

Anonymous,  May 11, 2024 at 7:47 PM  

I agree Jez...much better use of the building, a bar and restaurant already been turned down. Why provide another when current ones are failing anyway. COVID had a lot to do with that, people got used to not going out and a lot not bothered to return to it.
Having a new interest for the town is a much better idea. It would give musically talented people a chance to make something of themselves. Bring it on I say!!!

Anonymous,  May 11, 2024 at 8:09 PM  

Why keep bringing the County into this? Cockfighting takes place only every other Wednesday and never interferes with bingo or karaoke. No more than 8 or 9 of the regulars take part and always clean up after themselves.

Anonymous,  May 11, 2024 at 10:05 PM  

Rotherham Town centre has gone nothing can bring it back

Anonymous,  May 12, 2024 at 8:30 AM  

Absolutely spot on!!
The County is one of the few bastion of democracy and the British Way still around in Rotherham. We believe in free speech and telling it as it is. So if you don't like drink somewhere else

Anonymous,  May 12, 2024 at 9:39 AM  

So landlords are only ever Tories then ?🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Anonymous,  May 12, 2024 at 9:44 AM  

So a fantastic building is going to be used by a tiny minority of people who somehow believe they're going to be the next generation of musical superstars?Get it used for something any one can get use out of,not 0.001 %of population (that's a figure out of air ,not accurate before some smart **** makes point).

Anonymous,  May 12, 2024 at 12:17 PM  

You don't half spout some rubbish m8.
No one clearly wants to invest money for something that 99.9999% of Rotherham's population can use.
So if you've got any bright ideas why not put your money where your mouth is and open it up yourself. If not stop rubbishing everything that's done in Rotherham that doesn't suit your agenda.

Anonymous,  May 12, 2024 at 1:16 PM  

Yeah, there are a minority who approach every announcement on here with negativity.

Anonymous,  May 12, 2024 at 9:58 PM  

That is a pretty cynical outlook to be burdened with.

Jez May 13, 2024 at 7:38 AM  

I really really hope that this brilliant idea comes off. Alright it won't benefit everyone in Rotherham but then what service or facility does. Cyclists benefit from cycle lanes, readers benefit from libraries, swimmers benefit from pools, anglers benefit from rivers, canals and reservoirs, drinkers benefit from pubs and clubs. The list is endless, so no one should complain if a facility is provided for budding musicians even though they may be a minority group.

Anonymous,  May 13, 2024 at 9:33 AM  

Fair comment, but you know very well that the usual suspect(s) will complain about absolutely anything.

Anonymous,  May 13, 2024 at 12:44 PM  

Yes it would be nice for it to be a restaurant/pub, but then there are still lots of vacant places which could be used for a restaurant/pub like the former Disraeli's across the street and old Burtons/Eastwood domestics opposite.

At least it is another vacant building being used in a positive way and provides another facility for children to do something creative instead of hanging around on streets.

Anonymous,  May 13, 2024 at 1:46 PM  

Well said

Anonymous,  May 14, 2024 at 9:02 AM  

There's a bloke like that on Millersmad.

Jez May 14, 2024 at 12:33 PM  

Ah, the defensive coach malcontent!

Anonymous,  May 14, 2024 at 6:58 PM  

Truth is no one as come forward to do a pub/restaurant with it, I'd hazard a guess that at this moment in time town just doesn't have that many people in even drinking.....Rotherham just isn't a destination anymore, Hopefully forge island may start it back up but by God it's ugly looking set of buildings currently.

Anonymous,  May 15, 2024 at 1:56 PM  

Disagree(with everything)

Anonymous,  May 16, 2024 at 9:11 AM  

I agree with everything apart from the stuff I dont agree with.

Anonymous,  May 16, 2024 at 10:38 AM  


Anonymous,  May 16, 2024 at 2:26 PM  

Who's Malc Ontent?

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 1:06 AM  

Personally I think it would be great! However it’s irrelevant whether anyone thinks it’s a good or bad idea, at the end of the day it’s a business premise up for rent and a business wants to rent it and inject some life back into it! It will appeal to people who want to use it just like any other business. Anyone would think the moaners would be bearing the financial cost themselves of it not being empty. If you have better ideas for how the space could be used how about get off your backside and take a risk yourself to bring something positive to Rotherham?…No didn’t think so!

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 2:04 PM  

Great post and one in the eye for the moaners, whiners and whingers who are drawn to this blog

Anonymous,  June 12, 2024 at 2:24 PM  

Well if that's your point of view ......get off your lazy arse and rent the building least he's trying to do something positive for Rotherham...and not just moaning at everyone else that's doing their best to bring something back into the town centre !'re probably too busy train spotting or church bell ringing !

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