Plans for 200 homes on Swinden Technology Centre site to be rubber stamped

Transformational plans for the conversion of the former Swinden Technology Centre, Moorgate Road, have been reccomended for approval.

By Danielle Andrews
Thursday, 29th April 2021, 7:00 am

The plans include the conversion of Lodge House, Swinden House, Sitwell House and the former Stable Building to 27 homes in a mixture of houses and apartments, plus 170 new build houses on the site.

The proposal, submited by Keepmoat Homes includes the demolition of unlisted 1950- 1980’s laboratory buildings on the land.

The new build dwellings will be a mixture of 2 bed apartments within several blocks of three-storey buildings.

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Keepmoat Homes purchased the Swinden Technology Centre from Tata Steel last year.

Swinden House, the Grade II Listed former home of Rotherham solicitor Thomas Badger, was completed in 1880 and originally named ‘Red House’.

A planning document to Rotherham Council’s planning board states: “The historic buildings of Swinden Technology Centre are considered to be ofnational significance as a result of the sum of their architectural, artistic andhistoric interest.”

The developers have agreed to pay the council a total of more that £588,000 in S106 contributions, as well as eight affordable homes on the development.#

Of this, £98,500 will fund sustainable travel measures, £454,347 for secondary schools, and £35,685 will fund bus stop improvements.

A number of issues have been raised by neighbours, including the loss of trees, privacy and wildlife, and that the development is “not appropriate.”

Rotherham Council’s planning board are set to make a decision on the application at their next meeting which is scheduled for Thursday, April 29.


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