New c-store plans in Rotherham set to get green light

By Danielle Andrews, Local Democracy Reporter

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Plans to convert a former office into a general store in Rotherham are set to get the go-ahead from councillors next week.

Proposals have been lodged with RMBC to turn the former office on Brampton Road, Wath upon Dearne, into a convenience store.

The end terrace property, which was a Co-op before it became an office in 2001, has a ” long history of commercial use dating back to the 1970’s,” according to an officer report.

It adds that the existing storage area on the first floor level will be converted to a three bedroom apartment, and five 5 anti-ram bollards will be installed on the front and side of the property.

Opening hours proposed by Environmental Health officers are from 8am until 10pm, Monday to Sunday.

Residents have objected to the plans on the grounds of increased parking, traffic, noise and air pollution.

One objection states that the proposal would “devalue” their house, and another adds that “The parking situation is already poor, any increase will cause a traffic hazard on a very busy road.”

The applicant previously submitted a proposal to turn the property into a hot food takeaway, but the application was withdrawn.

One of the objectors to the shop plan adds that a cafe would make them feel “unsafe”.

However, the report recommends that if permission is granted, a condition is imposed limiting the property to retail use only.

“A small convenience store serving the needs of the local residents is a suitable use in this location,” adds the report.

The council’s transportation department “[confirms] that they have no objection to the granting of planning permission in a highway context”.

The scheme is recommended for approval at the next meeting of RMBC’s planning board on August 11.