Nursery plan for Rotherham’s Problem Pub

A problem pub in Rotherham whose license has been suspended looks set for a new lease of life under recently submitted plans.

Rothbiz reported last year on The Haynook in Kimberworth Park where Rotherham Council’s licensing sub-committee took action.

The pub’s Designated Premises Supervisor was ordered to be removed from the premises’ license, which was also suspended for three months. Violent unrest, drug trafficking and drug use were linked to the premises which also exhibited a lack of effective managerial control and “apparent obstructive/dismissive behavior demonstrated by the designated premises supervisor”.

Now a planning application has been submitted to convert the pub into a 6,000 square foot children’s nursery with outdoor space.

The plans come from Minibugs Nurseries Limited, which has four nurseries across the UK, the closest being Sheffield.

The building is vacant and in disrepair, with a dated appearance in need of major renovations. The roof is in desperate need of renovation, as well as the windows and doors. The majority of these openings have been barricaded with sheets to prevent intruders.


The plans, drawn up by consultants from Blue Sky Architects, state: “The redevelopment of this site will create a modern facility that provides a nurturing and nurturing environment for early childhood, including appropriate space segregation for our different groups of children. age equipped for their development Needs.

“The design of this nursery aims to provide modern facilities and a nurturing and nurturing early childhood environment for children aged three months to five years. It is important that children develop in a place where they can learn, play and to grow.

“Children will enjoy learning outdoors and playing every day in the fantastic outdoor play and activity areas. Minibugs encourage free play and allow their children to be creative and adventurous in the outdoors. inside and outside.”

Plans also include staff parking, a drop-off/pick-up point within the perimeter of the site, and landscaping to screen out children’s play areas.

If approved, the proposals could create 20 full-time and 20 part-time jobs.

Minibugs website

Images: Minibugs / Blue Sky Architects

Dora W. Clawson