PLANS to transform a former town hall into a 21-apartment complex are set to be approved at next week’s meeting of the council’s planning regulatory board.

Hoyland Town Hall was the town council’s administrative hub until it was disbanded in 1974, and since then the High Street building has been used for a number of office functions.

Plans were handed to Barnsley Council’s planning department in June to convert its first and second-floor office spaces into 21 apartments with a mix of studio, one-bed and two-bed dwellings.

And a report issued to the planning board ahead of its meeting on Tuesday recommends that the plans be approved – subject to a section 106 agreement from the developers.

The work ties into wider regeneration of Hoyland’s town centre which has seen its market moved, a new car park created and additional shops opening.

A previous application for the building to be turned into apartments was refused in 2017, and while this was sent to appeal an inspector ruled in favour of the council.

The new application reduces the number of apartments from the initially slated 27, after issues were raised over room sizes, levels of light and privacy for occupants.