PLANNING permission has been granted for phase two of The Glass Works, which will include the construction of 25 retail units, 10 family restaurants and a Cineworld.

The £130 million development scheme funded by Barnsley Council is set to transform the heart of the town centre from now until its completion in 2020.

Construction has already started on the initial phase of the scheme, which includes the new Library @ the Lightbox and the transformation of the Metropolitan Centre, which will provide a brand-new home for themarkets.

The Library @ the Lightbox and the revitalised markets are all currently scheduled to open in 2018.

Following the completion of phase one, the second stage of the development, which was officially given the go ahead on Tuesday, will begin in autumn 2018.

Work will include 25 new retail units and 10 family-friendly restaurants, which will frame a new public square and extend along a new shopping route.

This phase will also see the delivery of The Glass Works' two key leisure anchors, Cineworld and Superbowl UK, who both signed 20-year leases earlier this year.

Cineworld will provide a modern 13-screen multiplex cinema and Superbowl UK will offer ten pin bowling, Laser Quest and a crèche.