PLANS to convert a former shop near to Barnsley town centre into a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) have been approved by the council’s planning board.

The current building, which is situated on Sheffield Road, will be converted into two two-bed flats and one four-bed HMO.

The application was originally submitted in December 2020 before it was given the green light by the council earlier this week.

A planning statement reads: “The proposal would bring the site back into beneficial use as much-needed housing and would breathe new life into the building.

“The flats and small HMO would be completed to a high standard and would provide homes with a high standard of housing amenity in a highly sustainable location.

“The scheme represents a positive form of regeneration that would recycle the disused building.”