Nursery plans for former pub

Nursery plans for former pub

By Gareth Dennison | 28/04/2022

Nursery plans for former pub


A DERELICT pub’s bar will be used to separate groups of kids if plans for conversion to a children’s nursery are given approval.

The former Haynook premises at Kimberworth will be turned into a Minibugs creating 40 jobs, under proposals from Blue Support Services (BSS).

Plans say the building, on Redscope Crescent, would require significant repairs, with a new pitched roof among the main changes.

The existing bar would be used to provide a separation, with three to five-year-olds to the left and under-threes on the right.

And in the centre, the bar area itself much like the building’s pub days would be used by staff.

A spokesperson for property development firm BSS said: “The redevelopment of this site will create a modern facility that provides a stimulating and nurturing early years environment for children, including suitable space segregation for our different age groupings equipped for their development needs.

“Externally, we will create outdoor play and learning spaces, staff parking, and a drop-off point within the site’s curtilage.

“Landscaping will include screening child play areas.”

The plans add: “The building is vacant and is in a poor state, requiring significant repairs in order for it to function as a usable building.

“Because of this, it does not contribute or enhance the local area, holding no architectural merit within the community.

“The current building has a very dated appearance and is need of extensive renovations.

“The roof is in desperate need of refurbishment, along with windows and doors.

“The majority of these openings have been boarded up with metal sheeting to prevent intruders.”

The development would create 20 full-time and 20 part-time jobs, according to the application filed with Rotherham Council.

Public consultation closes on April 25 and two objections have been submitted so far.

One resident was concerned that most of the 11 parking bays would be taken by staff, meaning parking problems on the highway.

He asked: “How do you plan to keep access to Oaks Lane, Redscope Crescent and Abdy Road and not create a repeat of what happens already at school times, when it is nearly impossible to pass dangerously and inconsiderately parked cars?”