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An application has been submitted to Rotherham Borough Council for the 12-acre project, which includes a town square, bus station and hotel. The location is Waverley, on the old Orgreave coking plant site, close to junction 33 of the M1. The Advanced Manufacturing Park technology hub is nearby and in recent years more than 650 homes have been built in the area, up to 3,400 more are planned over the next 15 years.
There seems to be an excellent opportunity to provide leisure and retail facilities; the plans include a 21,000sqft supermarket, 90,000sqft of shops and cafes, restaurants and a gym. Perhaps surprisingly, there is no mention of a cinema.
The proposals were first unveiled last year by Waverley Square Limited – a joint venture between Harworth Group and Dransfield Properties. The development has been designed by South Yorkshire architects Dixon Dawson.
Owen Michaelson, chief executive of Harworth Group, said: “This is a key development for Rotherham and for Sheffield City Region in that it will create the sort of high-quality local facilities that both businesses at the AMP and local residents expect.
“The plans have been carefully designed following public input and we look forward to Rotherham Council carefully examining the plans over the summer prior to a decision being made.”
Dransfield Properties is the company behind the Fox Valley shopping centre in Stocksbridge, which was completed last year and recently hosted the climax to the Tour de Yorkshire.
Mark Dransfield, managing director of the firm, said the plans for Waverley had been ‘extremely well received’ by the community during consultation.