Law Court acquired for town centre regeneration

Published Tuesday, 14th March 2017
Rotherham law courts
Rotherham Law Courts

Rotherham Council has agreed to acquire the former Rotherham Magistrates Court in the latest move to regenerate the town centre.

The decision to acquire the site from Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) was approved at the authority’s Cabinet on Monday 13 March 2017.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said the opportunity to purchase the site was “too good an opportunity to miss” given the current plans to develop the adjacent Forge Island.

She said: “Once we knew the courts were closing, we actively pursued the acquisition and engineered a fantastic price to add this site to our priority to develop this part of town. The purchase will significantly aid our plans and bring added benefits to the town centre masterplan. The site could play a number of different roles through redevelopment and has the potential to accommodate several alternative, complementary activities.”

The building was initially transferred from the Council to the HMCTS in 2001 when the service was newly-formed. However, the building became vacant when the Magistrates Court Service ceased operating last year.

The agreement follows the recent purchase of Forge Island from Tesco. Detailed development proposals for the island are currently being prepared alongside the town centre masterplan. An initial draft of the plan is expected in April.

Rotherham Council’s Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment Damien Wilson added: “This is further great news for Rotherham, particularly given the Council’s recent purchase of Forge Island, which forms a vital part in the town centre masterplan. This acquisition will allow us to expand our plans, creating new jobs, businesses and housing for the borough.”