A new cinema, hotel and restaurants in the centre of Rotherham are edging closer as plans for Forge Island were approved by Councillors this week.
The new mixed-use development will also include a greater choice of food and drink outlets. Negotiations continue on the commercial units available for food and drink outlets.
Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: ”It‘s fantastic to see the plans for Forge Island approved by the planning board which is particularly important as the town centre begins to find its feet again as lockdown eases a little. We know residents are keen to see the area develop and this is an important milestone towards delivering a scheme which is a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the rest of the town centre.
“A lot of hard work has gone into putting these plans together and we’re determined to see Rotherham Town Centre thrive, not just survive.”
Muse Developments Ltd. will be working with the Council to help deliver the new leisure destination within the heart of Rotherham, which forms a key part of the Town Centre Masterplan.
Dan Needham, development director at Muse Developments, said: “It’s testament to the hard work of all partners that we’ve now received unanimous approval from the council to deliver Forge Island. It’s the next stage on our journey to deliver this truly special scheme, which will be completed safely and in line with government guidance.
“At Muse, we’re working closely with our public-sector partners to support them in the delivery of place-changing regeneration schemes that will drive economic and social prosperity when it’s needed most. Forge Island represents what can be achieved when the best of the public and private sector come together with the same vision, drive and goal in mind.”
Eric Wright Civil Engineering Ltd has already started work on the multi million pound “Phase One” works on Forge Island, including flood defence and enabling work on the site which includes retaining walls, terrace seating and high-quality public spaces. The enabling works are necessary to deliver the full Forge Island scheme including a new pedestrian bridge connecting to the wider town centre.
Muse said that, following consent and exchange of agreements with the main anchor occupiers, it is anticipated that construction will begin in autumn 2021.