Blenheim House, on Doncaster Road, has a special place in Rotherham's history but, only a couple of years ago, it was vacant, derelict and threatened with demolition. Now, following intervention by our Society, it will be repaired, improved and brought back into use.
The owners had applied for planning permission to replace the house with a five-storey block of 24 flats. We had been trying for some years to persuade the Council to create a conservation area along that stretch of Doncaster Road and, at last, we succeeded.
The application was withdrawn and permission sought to convert the house to contain six flats with a further 12 in a new building at the rear. That plan was turned down but a new application, reducing the total number of flats to 14 with a maximum height of three storeys has been granted.