BARNSLEY Council's decision making cabinet have approved plans to sell off the site of the former Royston High School for a new development.

The council have accepted an offer from Kier Properties for the site on Midland Road for a mixed used development, comprising a food superstore, retail shops, family pub and residential dwellings.

£100,000 from the sale of the land will be used to fund future specialist reports and planning application fees which will enhance the value of future schools sites due to be released for disposal.