Revised Rawmarsh apartments plan approved

Members of Rotherham Council’s planning regulatory board have approved an application for eight new apartments at the site of a former sports centre.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 7:00 am

The former sports and social club which once stood on the land at Rockcliffe Road, Rawmarsh, was demolished by Rotherham Council in 2019, and has been fenced off from public access.

An application for 11 apartments was withdrawn last year, following concerns about the high density, scale and design of the proposal.

The two-storey block, made up on one and two bedroom apartments, as well as eight off-street parking spaces, now has permission to go ahead.

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Rockcliffe Road, Rawmarsh

The applicant amended the original plans, reducing the apartments from 11 to eight, decreasing the building from three to two storeys, and reducing the number of front entrances from four to two.

Seven objections have been received by the council, including lack of parking, loss of privacy to the houses opposite, and “excessively large number of units relative to the site area available.”

However, in a report to the planning board, the officer states that the application is “in accordance with the principles of the National Planning Policy Framework.

“The council considers this revised two storey scale and improved design to be of a significantly better appearance than the previous proposal.”

The application was approved at Rotherham Council’s planning board meeting on Thursday, March 18.

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