PLANNING permission has been granted to demolish Barnsley Central Library and adjacent shops and offices to build a new £17 million sixth form college.

The library, which closed its doors last Friday, will open temporarily at Wellington House on May 15.

It is due to reopen in a new £4m building as part of the £41m town centre and market development plans due to start next year.

There has been widespread opposition to the library's demolition, but planning officers said the proposals had met all the relevant requirements and councillors voted in favour of granting permission.

The new building's architectural features will include stone work in keeping to the adjacent Town Hall, brass cladding, and large glass sections allowing light to pass all the way through the building.

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