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Outline consent for industrial development granted

Words: Laura Edgar
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Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has granted – with conditions – planning permission for up to 67,036 square metres of employment floor space including up to 5,088 square metres of ancillary office floor space, an HGV fuelling station and lorry-washing facilities at land off Cumwell Lane, Hellaby.

The application, submitted by Stretton Denman and supported by Satplan and Calderpeel Architects, states that the uses would be B1b&c/B2, B8 and B1a.

The agricultural site is about 15.68 hectares in size and lies between junction 1 of the M18, Cumwell Lane and Sandy Lane to the south of Hellaby. It was allocated for green belt purposes in the former unitary development plan (UDP) but the adopted sites and policies document removes it from the green belt and instead allocates it for industrial and business use. This makes the application acceptable in principle, according to the planning officer’s report (pdf).

Using Homes England's employment density guidance, the developer estimates that 1,119 full-time equivalent jobs could be created.

The council's planning board considered the application because of a number of objections to the proposals. These included questions about why the development could not be located on a different vacant site or within existing buildings in the locality, such as the Wincanton Building on Rotherham Road.

Objections were also received in relation to loss of views, devaluation of existing properties, the impact that the development of this once-greenfield site will have on the quality of life and mental health of existing residents, and the loss or privacy and outlook.

“Subject to the provision of mitigation measures it is considered that the impact on the local and strategic highway network is acceptable. Additionally it is considered that issues relating to drainage and flood risk, landscape and trees, ecology, general amenity issues, the impact on existing residents and heritage are acceptable subject to the submission of full details within reserved matters applications,” states the report.

Conditions attached to the outline permission include that development work cannot start until details of the proposed alterations at the Bawtry Road/Cumwell Lane junction have been submitted to and approved by the council and the development shall not be occupied until the approved details have been implemented.

Other conditions relate to drainage, amenity, landscape and trees, ecology and the environment.

The granting of permission was in line with the planning officer’s recommendation.

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