Forge Island scheme, Rotherham

Plans unveiled: multi-million leisure scheme for Rotherham

Urban regenerator, Muse Developments, has submitted an outline planning application for a “game-changing” mixed-use destination, designed to bring increased vibrancy to the heart of Rotherham. The Forge Island plans for the town centre are now with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. They include a cinema, food and drink outlets, a hotel, and a car park, with the new leisure facilities set within an attractive public space and a pedestrian bridge connecting to the wider town centre. Dan Needham, development director at Muse Developments, said: “We’re at the next stage on the…

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Aerial CGI of Northgate development, Chester

Development under review due to ‘significant’ impact of pandemic

CHESTER’S £69 million Northgate Development is under review as the council admits the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis could “significantly” affect the long-awaited regeneration scheme. The project to deliver a new cinema, market hall, restaurants, shops and office space to the city centre is one of a number of schemes in the borough which is to be reviewed to “consider the impact on potential costs and deliverability”. Andrew Lewis, chief executive of Cheshire West and Chester Council, refers to a “commercially sensitive” update in a report to the cabinet…

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'Ghost Town' shop. Photo by Ben Garratt on Unsplash

‘Cut red tape to save the high street,’ architects tell government

Architects have joined a call for government to make it easier to switch between commercial use classes to help high streets in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Last week (30 April) the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) published a report arguing that structural challenges to high streets, such as e-commerce and remote working, have been ‘exacerbated’ by Covid-19. RICS said planning rules around use change had been created in a more ‘static’ time and should be eased, adding: ‘The seismic nature of what is currently taking place in…

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