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Retail Development Condemned By Council

Monday January 28 2013

Wombwell Wombwell

PLANS to create 250 jobs at a retail development in Brampton have been condemned by the council.

The plans - submitted by storage company Budenny LLP - would see a large warehouse at Cortonwood Retail Park currently used by postal service UPS redeveloped into six retail stores at a cost of £25m.

The area falls under the jurisdiction of Rotherham Council but an objection has been lodged by Barnsley Council out of concern for the effect on high streets at Wombwell and Goldthorpe as well as of Barnsley town centre.

A council spokesman said there was particular concern over how a new development would affect the 'vitality and viability' of Wombwell High Street so close to the proposed development. 

Cllr Margaret Morgan said: "I've lived in Wombwell all my life and I've seen the town centre decline with the rise of supermarkets and shopping centres - it all makes a difference. I don't want to see people who work in Wombwell now put out of work and have to chase jobs at Cortonwood."

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Reply Posted by J on Monday January 28 2013 at 09:17
great, was looking forward to applyin at pets at home..
There int a pets at home in goldthorpe or wombwell.. whats the problem? their all big shops that will be built, not little farty ones. get over it

Reply Posted by stacey morris on Monday January 28 2013 at 11:48
so what about all the people that live in the wombwell area that are currently unemployed ?

Reply Posted by blue ber on Monday January 28 2013 at 12:10
jobs must come first how much of the profits of shops and stalls in w/well is actually spent in w/well or barnsley ?

Reply Posted by R Levitt on Monday January 28 2013 at 12:12
Barnsley's main problem is getting in and out of town, delays from Stairfoot in the east, from the south on Sheffield road, west from Dodworth and from the north on Wakefield road. No good having new shops if you can't get to them.??

Reply Posted by Mick on Monday January 28 2013 at 14:36
I've posted this elsewhere, but I'll say it again - There is no competition between the types of business that would operate on Wombwell High St & those that would locate on the retail park. Wombwell is more suited to small businesses & the market. The big brands that would locate on retail park would not go there. The council should think about the number of Barnsley people who could benefit from the additional jobs at Cortonwood.

I think there is a bit of jealousy from the council here as the Cortonwood site is just yards across the Barnsley / Rotherham boundary and therefore they are not getting the business taxes.

I've also noticed that some of the land at Birdwell just off the motorway is advertised for sale as suitable for retail, that is also just 5 minutes drive from Wombwell so why is that allowed?

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Monday January 28 2013 at 21:12
I'm not picking on you Mick, as we've exchanged views on this before but I think the advert you refer to near Birdwell is actually for a development on Sheffield Road Birdwell and is more akin to a counter type retail development (small Coop type etc) and not a major retail development. Barnsley Council look after the interests of Barnsley. Dearne Valley Parkway suffers from congestion at peak times, Wombwell and the Town Centre already suffer as a result of money being spent elsewhere outside the borough so rightly they are objecting. Cortonwood was never meant to be a retail park. If the developer wishes to sell their unit, then sell it as industrial and get people employed in 'other' jobs and not just retail.

Reply Posted by doobydoo67 on Monday January 28 2013 at 16:15
I wonder if Councillor Morgan does all her shopping in Wombwell, I don't think so !!!!! Its jobs and incomes that are needed in this area now. They put a damper on us having a multi screen cinema along the bypasses a few years ago, now we have to travel to Doncaster or Sheffield, this area would be good for something like that. Barnlsey councillor and the council only think of themselves as always.

Reply Posted by Anne on Tuesday January 29 2013 at 20:17
The objection by Barnsley Council beggers belief !!! they didn't object to the original retail park being built. They astound me, this could bring jobs to people unable to gain employment elsewhere in and around the borough. Get a grip Barnsley Council.

Reply Posted by julie on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 18:15
if barnsley council are so concerned about the high street at wombwell.how come they passed the plans for a superstore to be built at the end of wood street.smack oppisite morrisons.it is needed like a hole in the head.agnesroad has become like a ghost town,due to morrisons and all their staff parking their cars .cause they not allowed to park in the council owned car park at morrisons.good 1 barnsley youve surely put the final nail in the coffin.nothing but greedy b,s