AFFORDABLE housing is to be built where Athersley Leisure Centre once stood.

Planning officials have given the go-ahead for 27 houses off the Newstead Road site at Athersley North after an application by Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association.

The land was earmarked by Barnsley Council for use as housing more than two years ago after the leisure centre closed in 2011 amid budget cuts.

After its closure the centre became a beacon for vandals and was demolished for public safety reasons.

The development will consist of 21 two bed houses and six three bed houses, which would be a mix of terraced and semi-detached, all with gardens.

As part of the development a bus lay-by will be relocated so it is beyond where the new access point will be on Newstead Road.