• Kevin Murphy

Yorkshire: £50 million New Development

Waverley in Rotherham, South Yorkshire recently announced that plans have been approved by the local council for a £50 million, 190,000 square foot mixed use development that could employ up to 700 people. The development is expected to be completed in two years with the groundbreaking in spring 2018.

The joint venture by Waverley Square Ltd and the Harworth Group plc will develop the 70-acre sight near Junction 33 and the M1 and be the largest ever project for Yorkshire.

The new spaces will include health and care facilities, a new bus station, a foodstore with retail space covering 99,000 sq ft , another 38,000 sq ft of hi-spec office space, restaurants, cafes and new parking with 500 spaces for customers and a separate parking area for employees.

Plans call for a piazza or town square to be used as a Farmers Market and other events.

Owen Michaelson, chief executive of Harworth Group plc, states online with Dransford Properties :

“This is a key development for Rotherham and for the Sheffield City Region in that it will create the sort of high-quality local facilities that both businesses at the Advanced Manufacturing Park and local residents increasingly expect.

Waverley is growing into a prominent placemaking destination in the region and these facilities will further attract new residents and businesses to live and work at the development.”

Mark Dransfield, managing director of Dransfield Properties, added: “We are delighted that our application for Waverley has now been approved by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

“We have been keen from the outset to design a genuinely outstanding scheme befitting of Waverley, with architecture and materials to match. With the combined experience and knowledge of our two companies we are confident we will deliver an excellent scheme for Waverley to serve this growing community over the next two and a half years.”

Claire Kent, director of Barton Willmore, has also stated: “The decision of committee members to fully support the proposals represents the culmination of close engagement with officers and the community over the past few years, and together with the other recently approved developments at Waverley will secure the continued ongoing success of this flagship scheme which Rotherham can be proud of.”

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