Rotherham District Civic Society
Protecting and preserving all that is best in the heritage of Rotherham
The Cutlers Arms on Westgate
September the 8th, 2009

Karl Battersby,
Executive Director of Environment and Development

Dear Karl,

Satnam Developments, Westgate.

I wrote some weeks ago regarding the stained glass windows at the Cutlers Arms, Westgate.

You will be aware that over a number of years the Rotherham Civic Society, and the Campaign for Real Ale, lobbied the Borough Council with respect to the statutory protection of this locally important building. This resulted eventually in it being listed as a building of architectural or historical interest. Furthermore CAMRA, in a recent regional inventory of public houses took the view that this was the only public house in Rotherham which merited inclusion in its list of pub interiors of special historic interest. The Civic Society has become aware that during the last year the Cutlers Arms has been purchased by Satnam Developments from Enterprise Inns.

You will not be surprised to learn that we view this development with apprehension.
We would like to make known our concerns to Satnam Developments Ltd but before doing so we would ask that you clarify the present position. A public inquiry was held last Autumn into Satnam Developments' proposals to build a supermarket on the neighbouring Royal Mail Sorting Office and adjoining land. Can you please confirm whether, as a result, Satnam has a valid outline or full planning permission to develop the land, the uses involved, and the boundaries of the site.

We would also be grateful if you could confirm the address of Satnam Developments Ltd, and the contact name, in order that we might raise our concerns with them.

Yours sincerely,