Another step forward for Forge IslandPublished Tuesday, 5th June 2018
A development partner for Forge Island could be chosen as early as July under proposals put forward to Rotherham Council, marking further progress on the Town Centre Masterplan.
The Masterplan brings to life how the town is moving forwards, utilising its river and canal, its open spaces and its feature buildings.
Plans include a major leisure destination at Forge Island, a new University Centre, refurbished bus station and markets, improved open spaces, and a large increase in the number of people living in the town centre.
The Forge Island development is a key scheme in the Masterplan and includes plans for a cinema, hotel, and eateries. The project includes three sites - Forge Island, the Riverside Precinct and the adjacent former Magistrates Court.
Rotherham Council is currently out to market for a partner for the project. Earlier this year, the Council invited expressions of interest, with 35 development packs sent to interested parties. From these, three potential partners have been invited to submit detailed proposals, with a deadline of 29 June.
Now, councillors are being asked to delegate decision-making powers to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment to ensure an appointment can be made quickly.
If agreed, the decision would mean that a legal agreement could be drawn up by the Autumn, a planning application submitted, and building work started at the end of 2019 or early 2020.
At the same meeting, councillors will also be asked to agree purchasing the outstanding properties in Riverside Precinct and to progress with flood alleviation work before development work takes place.
Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said: “We are committed to our vision for the town centre, to have a much-improved visitor experience with lots more to do and to see, and a town that is welcoming with a family friendly atmosphere.
“In the last several months, the Town Centre Masterplan has been adopted, the Law Court and old Tesco sites have been purchased, the old buildings demolished, and building work is progressing on the new University Centre and bus station.
“Choosing a partner for Forge Island is now a critical next step in this process and we want to make sure we get that right.”
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