Town centre living set to expand

Published Monday, 18th December 2017 Main street shops hambys town centre

Rotherham is set to benefit from five new homes in the town centre, driving forward the Council’s commitment to transform the borough and create a town where people want to live and work.

The development at 29 High Street, above the Bears Den craft shop, was previously derelict and in a state of disrepair. It will include four one bedroomed flats and one single bedroomed duplex house all for rent. The properties will also benefit from a modern kitchen and bathroom and a generous living space.

Work is now well underway and the properties are expected to be completed in the New Year. Local businessman Chris Hamby, who also owns Hambys shoe shop and the antique centre on the High Street, requested permission from the Council to develop the space and create modern living facilities in the heart of the town.

Talking about his latest investment into Rotherham, Chris said: “I’ve been operating in Rotherham since 1992 and I’ve seen the town grow and thrive. In the last few years we’ve seen some difficult times, and no doubt we will continue to experience tough times in the years to come, however, this is a beautiful town on the up and I am hopeful that people will hold their faith and stay with us. The High Street is a fantastic area and we have some great restaurant and bars popping up so I wanted to develop better quality housing and make use of the space that was in total ruins.”

The development follows a number of food and drink retailers that have popped up in the town centre over the year with the likes of Bar 1915 and the Indian restaurant Neelagiree.

Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, said: “We have an ambitious economic growth plan in Rotherham and to achieve this we need to improve the quality and choice of housing in the borough. Developers like Chris are crucial to helpful us achieve our plans and we fully support any local business person who wants to invest in Rotherham and can see its true potential.”

Rotherham Council’s Town Centre Masterplan details how major development will take place in the town centre including a major leisure destination at Forge Island with a cinema, hotel, and eateries, a new University Centre, and a large increase in the residential offer, including a target of 1,000 new homes by 2025.