PLANS have been unveiled for the new public realm in the town centre - which will include the removal of the old Peel Square toilets.

Detailed designs of the town centre's proposed new public realm were approved by council chiefs this week and the plans will now move forward to a public consultation in December.

The regeneration of the space - which will cost over £8 million as part of The Glass Works development scheme - will include a new public square and improvements to the existing public realm on May Day Green and Kendray Street, Cheapside, Queen Street, Peel Square and Midland Street.

The main square will feature terraces made from astroturf and stone, creating a local amphitheatre to host various events and performances. There will also be a cascading water pool, family-friendly outdoor dining venues and some permanent outdoor market stalls.

A pre-planning consultation will take place in the former Better Barnsley Shop on Cheapside on December 12, 13 and 15.

Sample materials and layout details will be available to view, while details of the plans will be shown on the TV screen in Market Parade.

If planning consent is approved following consultation, the phased programme of works will get underway in April 2018 on Cheapside and May Day Green, and be completed in 2020 to align with the opening of the retail and leisure phase of The Glass Works.