THE plans to revamp the town centre took a step forward yesterday after planning permission was granted to demolish Barnsley's historic market and the CEAG building.

The 1249 Regeneration Partnership has the scheme to totally redevelop the town centre with a new market, multi-storey car park and new retail areas granted.

Under the plans, the CEAG building is to be demolished to make way for a new car park - and Barnsley's historic market will be flattened with stalls being relocated to a new area near Burlington Arcade.

A full breakdown of the approvals are listed below:

The Open Market

The Open Market would be reinstated to a new position in the new space between the back of Burlington Arcade and in front of the covered market. The stalls would be laid out in a semicircle between trees against the back Burlington Arcade.

May Day Green

May Day Green will become a new urban space linking into Market Parade, the Open Market and Cheapside. A new triangular public space would be contained at the three corners by large planters, seating and over sized lighting columns.

Market Square

Market Square would be a new public space at entry point into the scheme from the Interchange. The square would be linked to the higher pedestrian streets via a staircase in the case of Midland Street and by escalators for Market Parade. The Covered Market would nudge into the square allowing entrances into the Meat and Fish Area and the lower floor.

Market Building

The new covered Market is triangular and will run between Kendray Street and the new Market Parade. The building would have three floors and would be completely free standing creating an open space between the back of Burlington Arcade, a new space into which the new Open Market would extend.

On the Kendray Street elevation are a series of small retail units are proposed which could be entered off the street.

The market building will be clad in a clear glazed red terracotta tile.

Cinema

The Multi-screen Cinema is proposed on the upper level adjacent to the Market Square. The cinema could be accessed directly from the car park by a bridge over Midland Street whilst a dedicated entrance to the cinema is also proposed from Market Parade.

CEAG Site

A landscaped surface level car park will be developed on the CEAG site between the railway and the flyover providing 250 spaces.