Redevelopment proposals for Swinton revealed

Draft masterplan published for Bootham Park Hospital site
Credit: RossHelen

Swinton town centre is to be redeveloped, if new proposals are agreed by Rotherham Council.

The town centre will undergo regeneration and improvements, with new housing in a proposed community-focused redevelopment.

The Council’s Cabinet – to be held on Monday 17 December – is being asked to agree plans to seek a development partner for the project. If approved, the partner will produce a masterplan and subsequently redevelop the site.

Potential developers will be asked to deliver a scheme focusing on new community facilities, housing, with potentially up to 70 new homes, public realm and green space provision.

The area has a collection of vacant sites owned by the Council as well as current community facilities that are well-used and have the potential to be the heart of the town for both existing and new residents.

Proposals could include changes to the library, civic hall and the public spaces to create a welcoming community hub.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: “If Cabinet approves the proposals, we can look forward to moving towards an exciting development that will not only create jobs, but will also create lasting benefit in terms of new homes and community facilities.”

If approved, a development brief will be released in the Spring with development proposed to start at the end of 2019.

Any future scheme will be subject to planning permission and consultation.