Concerns about Wath takeaway proposal

The White Bear, Church Street, Wath-upon-Dearne.
The White Bear, Church Street, Wath-upon-Dearne.

Concern has been voiced about plans for a hot food takeaway in Wath upon Dearne with fears it could encourage gangs to congregate.

An application has been submitted to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council by Mr Campbell of Intake Developments Ltd.

The proposal is to change the use of the remaining part of the former Old White Bear pub on Church Street in the town.

A letter of objection has been received by the planners from Mrs Susan Scholey, who lives on the adjacent Valley Drive, who said she “is not happy” with the application.

Mr Scholey says in her letter: “We are not happy with a takeaway because of noise late at night, rubbish etc.

“Also it may encourage gangs to congregate late at night and cause disruption.”

She added: “We also have a litter problem with the shop, If we can have assurance that this will not happen then I would not object.”

The applicant states that if given the go ahead there would be no need to alter the access to and from the public highway.

There would also be six spaces to be allocated as shared parking, including one for staff and one disabled bay.

At this stage there is no indication as to what sort of takeaway will be put in place if plans get the go ahead, or its opening hours.

The consultation period into the application has begun and anyone wishing to make any comments should contact the council before May 20.

A decision on the matter is expected by June 23.

Comments can be made via the council website visit