AN EXPANSION plan for Stagecoach which could have brought 100 new jobs to Barnsley has been knocked back by the council.

The company wanted to expand the Yorkshire Traction site on Wakefield Road, Barnsley, to use neighbouring land owned by UK Coal to form a new parking area for more buses.

Jacobs Consultancy was commissioned by Stagecoach UK to prepare a Transport Assessment plan to support the planning application to Barnsley Council.

It outlined that the current site had hardstanding for 98 buses and 57 car parking spaces with staff coming and going to site until the small hours of the morning.

The company wanted to increase capacity for bus parking to 130 buses - a move which would have created 100 more jobs.

The company resubmitted the application as it was refused once before, in 2010, due to it being permanent development of urban land that could have impact on residents living nearby.

The company resubmitted as it felt more technical information may sway planners in their favour - but the application has been refused again.

The report said: "It is considered that the addition of 32 buses and 100 members of staff represents a significant intensification to the existing bus depot. Residents are at present experiencing disturbance as a result of the sites operations, the resulting increase in vehicle movements and overall activity at the site would result in additional disturbance which will be materially detrimental to the amenity of the occupiers of adjacent residential properties by reason of noise and general disturbance associated with the day to day operations."