Council Cabinet to consider £8.4 million Swinton redevelopment

Swinton Town Centre set to be redeveloped
Swinton Town Centre set to be redeveloped

Plans for the £8.4 million redevelopment of Swinton town centre, which will include new and revamped community facilities are set to be given the green light.

The Council’s Cabinet will consider proposals from a consortium made up of the Vesta Group, Quest Property and Conroy Brook at its meeting on 20 January, which include:
  • Refurbishment of the Civic Hall and café
  • A new library, based in the refurbished former customer service centre
  • Major improvements to public realm, including landscaping to improve access to shops and community facilities
  • Upgrading of existing retail premises
  • Option for a new building on the former library site 
The redevelopment would be funded through the sale of the vacant Rotherham Council owned former swimming pool, Charnwood House, neighbourhoods office and doctors surgery site for family housing. The site has been vacant since 2017.
 
The use of vacant land to generate income for the redevelopment proposals means the scheme can be delivered without cost to taxpayers.
 
Councillor Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, said: “These are exciting proposals which would see major improvements to shops and public facilities in Swinton town centre, provide new family homes and bring redundant land back into use.
 
“The plans brought forward by the Vesta Group, Quest Property and Conroy Brook consortium meet all the aims of our ambitious development brief for a community-focused redevelopment. The investment will provide a huge boost to the economy in Swinton and subject to Cabinet approval, we look forward to sharing the detailed proposals with local residents and businesses.”
 
If approval is granted, drop-in sessions for the local community to view and comment on the plans will be arranged, alongside an outline planning application to be submitted by the consortium.

Councillor Ken Wyatt, Swinton Ward member, said: "It's important from local members perspective that Swinton residents are involved at every stage of the process and I am pleased there is a commitment to share the detailed proposals with the community at the earliest opportunity, subject to approval."
 
If Cabinet and planning consent is granted, it is hoped that work could start on site in Spring this year.

View the Cabinet report

Published: January 14th 2020