Earmarked sites listed in Rotherham's local plan

Published Monday, 14th September 2015
Council housing

The sites earmarked for new homes, industrial and retail space in Rotherham will be put forward for council approval for consultation at the next Council meeting (16 September).

The ‘Sites and Policies’ document is part of a 15 year ‘Local Plan’ that sets out the Council’s approach to meet the need for new homes and jobs, to promote economic growth and regenerate the borough.

After a rigorous consultation and selection process, 140 sites have been identified to meet the Council’s targets for residential and industrial development. The plan meets the targets for around 14,000 new homes, 20,000 square metres of retail floor space and 235 hectares of industrial land.

A small proportion of Green Belt land will be released over the next 15 years (2.3%), which Councillor Lelliott, Advisory Cabinet Member for Housing and the Local Economy at Rotherham Council, stated may not be popular but is the right thing to do to meet the borough’s need for new homes and jobs.

“Over the past 10 years the majority of new homes have been built on brownfield land but unfortunately we no longer have enough suitable brownfield land left for development.  If we don’t allocate the necessary amount of Green Belt there is a risk that developers or the government, under new planning measures, would make the decision for us.

“We need to have a plan that meets the needs of our existing population but has the flexibility to adapt and be sustainable over the 15 year plan period otherwise we will lose out on investment opportunities to create jobs, provide decent affordable housing and grow the prosperity of the borough.”

Once approved by Council, the final document will be put forward for a six-week public consultation before being submitted to the Government for public examination by an independent planning inspector.

The ‘Sites and Policies’ document will be available to view on the Council's website as well as in hard copy form in all local libraries.