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Stagecoach Expansion Plans Knock Back

Thursday September 15 2011

AN EXPANSION plan for Stagecoach which could have brought 100 new jobs to Barnsley has been knocked back by the council.

The company wanted to expand the Yorkshire Traction site on Wakefield Road, Barnsley, to use neighbouring land owned by UK Coal to form a new parking area for more buses.

Jacobs Consultancy was commissioned by Stagecoach UK to prepare a Transport Assessment plan to support the planning application to Barnsley Council.

It outlined that the current site had hardstanding for 98 buses and 57 car parking spaces with staff coming and going to site until the small hours of the morning.

The company wanted to increase capacity for bus parking to 130 buses - a move which would have created 100 more jobs.

The company resubmitted the application as it was refused once before, in 2010, due to it being permanent development of urban land that could have impact on residents living nearby.

The company resubmitted as it felt more technical information may sway planners in their favour - but the application has been refused again.

The report said: "It is considered that the addition of 32 buses and 100 members of staff represents a significant intensification to the existing bus depot. Residents are at present experiencing disturbance as a result of the sites operations, the resulting increase in vehicle movements and overall activity at the site would result in additional disturbance which will be materially detrimental to the amenity of the occupiers of adjacent residential properties by reason of noise and general disturbance associated with the day to day operations."

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Reply Posted by Crazylegs62 on Thursday September 15 2011 at 16:38
FFS! Just how many residents does it affect?
There are new houses across the road, but they are not really close enough to be concerned surely.
Unless there is a councillor living nearby, I cannot see any reason this should be knocked bnack.
There is a chance that jobs are created, yet they knock it back, Stupid. In my opinion of course.

Reply Posted by Rwoodb6939 on Thursday September 15 2011 at 16:45
welcome to Barnsley

Reply Posted by Bahhhhhh on Thursday September 15 2011 at 17:44
Shouldn't have closed the Shafton depot then !!!

Reply Posted by Junesboy2003 on Thursday September 15 2011 at 20:45
come to the Dearne Valley we got loads of space

Reply Posted by Phil, Lincoln on Thursday September 15 2011 at 20:50
Do you expect your coucillors to give a damn about jobs for other people. "We're alright Jack". Presumably the idea of all these extra buses and drivers is to increase the areas bus services. Again, why should the councillors care. A ride on a bus for them would be an exercise to see how the plebs travel. They'll have their comfy cars and not want more buses getting in their way.

Reply Posted by Bowler279 on Thursday September 15 2011 at 22:18
where is the yorkshire traction site on wakey rd stagecoach took over before the depot was moved from sheff rd

Reply Posted by Barnsley on Friday September 16 2011 at 10:12
'resulting increase in vehicle movements and overall activity at the
site would result in additional disturbance' 
Are these councillors for real! its a Main Road In & Out of Barnsley! Any1 whose bothad about a little bit of noise from traffic would not live next to a main road!

Reply Posted by I say yes to 100 more jobs on Friday September 16 2011 at 10:22
There is a councilor that lives across the road from the depo, she morns all the time, drivers have to turn our headlights off when we leave so they dont shine in her dam house, stagecoach have had trees put up in front of the depo, because she does not like to see buses!! she is a joke, 100 more job for the area and you get someone like her thats well off and does not give a dam about anyone else....

Reply Posted by Meishere on Friday September 16 2011 at 11:11
this is potty, these are industrial units and what the council says now none of these will beable to expand. its a main road and what about all the extra traffic thats coming into town and when they build the new supermarket at wickes what about all the extra traffic and nosie for those residents near by. yes i wish i was a councilor then i could get all the people living near shifted from playing outside

Reply Posted by Crazylegs62 on Friday September 16 2011 at 11:16
I actually I know who lives there and she is a complete ar se.

Reply Posted by I say yes to 100 more jobs on Friday September 16 2011 at 12:56
What I am
hacked off with is, a new Tesco’s at Hoyland, planning was given for this, and
then extra extended hours was also given. So the people that live in the
houses nearby are not going to be affected by the extra traffic?? Maybe, because
a councillor does not live nearby so it is not a problem eh! It is about time
the so-called MP’s and councillors got off the backsides and start to live in
the real world. The woman (councillor) that lives opposite the stagecoach depot
really has a lot to say for herself, she has stopped 100 local people getting a
job in the area. Got one word for you ‘MOVE’