A NEW gym will come to the town centre after councillors unanimously voted to approve the revamp of the Metropolitan Centre.

The planning board met last week when it was asked to consider plans for the refurbishment and extension of the building as part of the £120m Better Barnsley town centre regeneration scheme.

Details of work to the Metropolitan Centre, market hall and shop fronts on Cheapside and May Day Green - including access, appearance, layout and scale - were given the green light.

Planning officer Andrew Burton said the major overhaul of the Metropolitan Centre will bring it up to the modern age, housing new retail units, food and drink outlets and even a gym on the first floor.

“As well as improvement to the appearance of the building it will provide an up-to-date retail hub for the town centre and new home for the markets,” said Mr Burton.

"Servicing will continue to be via the basement and phase two will also include a new multi-storey car park to address the issue of replacement parking provision.”