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Retailers sign up for Cortonwood development

Thursday May 12 2016

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POPULAR retailers - including New Look and River Island - have signed up for a new £36m development at Cortonwood.

Deals have been signed so that construction can begin on the retail development that will be an extension to the existing site. It is set to create over 200 jobs.

Outfit, H&M, New Look, River Island, Marks and Spencer Simply Food, Clarks, JD Sports, Wilko, Poundland and Frankie & Benny's have all signed up to take units at the new site, that will be known as Cortonwood Shopping Park. 

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Reply Posted by Gavelar on Thursday May 12 2016 at 12:03
which probably means they won't be coming to the Barnsley development then eh? Are we looking at another BMBC white elephant

Reply Posted by Theresa Loades on Thursday May 12 2016 at 13:14
Its ok developing new shops,are they going to sort out the horrendous traffic problem. As most people know when its busy it gets grid locked and nothing moves. Especially if you are trying to leave Morrisons with your shopping.

Reply Posted by Andrew on Thursday May 12 2016 at 13:24
Fantastic news, The area has needed to be further developed and increase jobs so think it is great for it to happen. Of course Barnsley is still being developed and will be new jobs and shops in town. I hope they put a better bus service on from Barnsley as one an hour is pretty poor.

Reply Posted by L Beck on Friday May 20 2016 at 13:02
It's not good news if you live on the estate directly behind the already noisy retail park. I live directly behind B&Q and am not looking forward to more traffic and noise.....

Reply Posted by Vonny on Thursday May 12 2016 at 13:35
Look forward to it opening

Reply Posted by Gavo on Thursday May 12 2016 at 13:57
The traffic congestion is horrendous at Cortonwood especially weekends as it is. The problem is just going to get worse by adding more and more shops. The design of the retail park is poor with only one access road in and out of it! I'm all for extra shops if there was more than one lane access to the entire retail park other than Morrisons!

Reply Posted by Julie Priest on Thursday May 12 2016 at 14:04
Good news just hope that Barnsley planning and highways enforce the developers at the beginning to deal with new entrances and exits, the current roads and the traffic situation was not well thought out

Reply Posted by Verona Evans on Thursday May 12 2016 at 14:34

Reply Posted by Heidi on Thursday May 12 2016 at 14:35
When will they open a cinema... thats what we need.

Reply Posted by fellow on Thursday May 12 2016 at 15:01
theres a perfectly good cinema in Barnsley centre.

Reply Posted by Jacko on Monday May 16 2016 at 12:53
You must live in 1940.

Reply Posted by Tim on Thursday May 12 2016 at 14:38
Cortenwood is on Rotherham land and the roads are Barnsley, Rotherham gets all the business rates and Barnsley gets the bill for the roads and loss of train to its towns.

Reply Posted by beige on Thursday May 12 2016 at 15:00
Woohoooo! Nice one, won't have to go to Meadowhell!!. Barnsley will suffer - but then, Barnsley is a dump is, was, and always will be - development or not.

Reply Posted by Ada on Thursday May 12 2016 at 15:05
RIP Parkway. Disgraceful BMBC.

Reply Posted by Kate smith on Thursday May 12 2016 at 15:07
Where is this going to be built? If it's Cortonwood shopping site I assume it's near the retail park rather than on it? Hope the traffic issues will be sorted out too.

Reply Posted by Sarah on Thursday May 12 2016 at 15:45
Itl be the old Alba warehouse Katie Smith,next to Halfords when Frankie and Bennies said they were going to open im sure thats where it said it was going to be. They have to have another opening near pets at home or it will be chaos.

Reply Posted by Jimbo on Monday May 16 2016 at 10:13
It's going on the old Alba/UPS Distribution Centre opposite the Royal Mail building. Demolition is already happening at pace. The shops will be in an L shape adjacent to the current Asda Living and Halfords units.

Reply Posted by Matt on Thursday May 12 2016 at 16:46
As another user has mentioned, this is in Rotherham, who gladly take the business rates and don't worry about the effect on their town (which they have already largely finished off with regard to major stores due to Parkgate).

I'm particularly concerned about the M&S foodhall, they have a track record of closing town centre stores when they open nearby retail park foodhalls. I hope they don't do that with our store, that really would be a catastrophe.

I also hope it doesn't have a wider effect on town, but since it's not in Bansley the council can only object, they can't stop it.

Thanks for nothing, Rotherham Council.

Reply Posted by Jimbo on Monday May 16 2016 at 10:03
Both Rotherham and Barnsley Council (adjoining authority) refused planning permission for this extension. This was then appealed and overruled independently. M&S confirmed in their planning application that they are still fully committed to their store in Barnsley town centre. Part of the planning application includes slight changes to the road layout but there will not be any additional entrance or exit roads.

Reply Posted by Sharon on Thursday May 12 2016 at 17:01
Pity they don't get TGI Fridays to join , it's also a pity the roads are in turmoil when it's busy times

Reply Posted by roxy on Thursday May 12 2016 at 17:45
Brill more shops who cares about queing in traffic savrs travling to medowhall some people are never happy!

Reply Posted by Tonia on Thursday May 12 2016 at 17:51
Agree the winner here is Rotherham council, Barnsley council will not get the income from business rates which is what they need.

Reply Posted by Stuart B on Thursday May 12 2016 at 18:00
This is good news for the local area, more jobs available to those looking for work. Only downside will be the roads can't cope with the traffic. This has been an issue for a long time, and can't see anything changing, but at least we know the best times when to go, and also to keep away...!!!
But agree, a cinema would be great. Seen as the one planned for Barnsley seems to be getting no where...!!!

Reply Posted by Jackie holmes on Thursday May 12 2016 at 18:31
The traffic is horrendous needs sorting
Better bus service needed
And no £1 shops

Reply Posted by Steven James on Thursday May 12 2016 at 19:01
That's curtains for the town centre re-development then innit.

ooh another Poundland, joy of joys!

Reply Posted by Alan B on Thursday May 12 2016 at 19:07
I don't think there is currently any provision for new shop units in Barnsley town centre. From what I can see the council are undertaking demolition works, refurbishing the market building, providing a new library, possibly a cinema and building a market square. They also intend to significantly reduce the number of car park spaces. You don't get much for £50m when Barnsley council are spending the money.

Reply Posted by Paula fieldsend on Thursday May 12 2016 at 19:08
Will be great to have the new stores but would be fantastic to have a primark store as well

Reply Posted by Rachel on Thursday May 12 2016 at 19:22
Yay finally :)

Reply Posted by Matt on Thursday May 12 2016 at 19:25
Alan B - there are quite a few retail units planned for the town centre. Leisure use is going to be a major part however to match the changing trends of shopping.

Cortonwood is no use to me and on the wrong side of town, the town centre development has to succeed.

Reply Posted by Alan B on Sunday May 15 2016 at 12:29
Quite a few retail units to be built, how many in a scheme costing over £50m?

Where is the parking provision going to be?

Reply Posted by Jimbo on Monday May 16 2016 at 10:08
£50m is the funding committment the council. They're seeking external investment for the construction of new leisure and retail areas, namely;
The site of the current Meat and Fish market and three units due to be demolished adjacent to the Alhambra
The units that will be constructed along the new shopping boulevard (not council funded)
The units that will sit underneath the proposed Multi-Storey car park on the old TEC site (again, not council funded)
New retail units will also be available in the refurbished and extended market hall and the unit next to the new library

Reply Posted by Gavelar on Tuesday May 17 2016 at 17:24
Jimbo this wasn't what was promised. I take it you work for BMBC? the initial proposition from slippery sir steve was that the new redevelopment would not be dependent on external funding as that is what held up the other god knows how many other proposals we were promised. BMBC said would complete the work regardless I watched the meeting I knew what was said as the opposition voiced concerns. Sir Steve in his infinite smugness stood and said that's how it would be.
It looks like now we will end up with a blackhole in the proposed new centre. with no guarantees of when it will be finished.

The fact that no retailers have signed up to anything makes me extremely sceptical of the plans. I'm also worried about how long the temp market will be there god know's it's taking them enough time to construct a "temporary building" I watched them put the two permanent colleges up about 4 times faster.

Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday May 12 2016 at 19:33
Rotherham will get the business rates but jobs will benefit Rotherham & Barnsley so really good news .

Interested to know exactly what the site plan is though and what they are doing about improving access. Must be behind B&Q?

Reply Posted by Jimbo on Monday May 16 2016 at 10:30
It's going on the old Alba/UPS Distribution Centre opposite the Royal Mail building. Demolition is already happening at pace. The shops will be in an L shape adjacent to the current Asda Living and Halfords units.

Reply Posted by jean on Thursday May 12 2016 at 20:00
Great news bring it on

Reply Posted by Mika littlewood on Thursday May 12 2016 at 20:05
Love the idea however I really hope Bmbc will get their fingers out and address the traffic congestion problems as most people I speak too avoid Cortonwood for that reason and take their trade to other areas because they won't queue. Please as stated previously, do we REALLY need another pound land. Primark would be a good addition as would Debenhams or House of Fraser. Xxxx

Reply Posted by irene on Thursday May 12 2016 at 20:33
Fab news, I hope its more pedestrian friendly , its the one thing that puts me off going, not everyone has a car and its a nightmare trying to cross any road at corton wood, a few green man crossings wouldnt go amiss

Reply Posted by Dave catling on Thursday May 12 2016 at 21:17
Agree this is good for the local area BUT SORT THE TRAFFIC ISSUE FIRST PLEASE!!!!!! Everyone knows how bad it gets even at the weekend....!

Reply Posted by michelle on Thursday May 12 2016 at 23:53
I for one is looking forward to it, its about time cortonwood got more shops, and you cannot please everyone! there is always going to be someone who is not happy about the idea.

Reply Posted by Marie Jones on Friday May 13 2016 at 08:06
I agree with all the comments about the traffic congestion . It is horrendous at the weekend and on bank holidays. This puts some people off shopping there. It is the best thing that has happened to shoppers from the Dearne area but I fully understand that it is not near for people who live in Barnsley or outside Barnsley further away.

Reply Posted by Sheryl on Friday May 13 2016 at 11:35
Great news!!! I love the TK Maxx and Smyths game store down at Cortonwood so it'll be great if its expanding.
I hope Barnsley council get some of the rates though...its on the cusp of Barnsley border.

Reply Posted by Jacko on Monday May 16 2016 at 12:58
Used to be Barnsley, its all addressed as Barnsley and has and 01226 code. But recently the welcome to Rotherham sign has appeared.

Pretty sure with the barnsley council badge on the roundabout, it will be operated by Barnsley council.

Reply Posted by Anthony Guest on Friday May 13 2016 at 15:46
Sort the traffic problem out!! Needs the old Cortenwood pit road opened up for entry and exit into the park.

Reply Posted by Dawn ASHTON on Saturday May 14 2016 at 20:21
Can't wait.

Reply Posted by Vicky on Sunday May 15 2016 at 07:10
We already have a new look and m&s in the town centre . Whats the point in having a new development in town if everybody going to go to cortonwood? It needs something different.

Reply Posted by Vicky on Sunday May 15 2016 at 07:12
Get a burger king built or something.

Reply Posted by Naughtynorman on Sunday May 15 2016 at 18:21
Vicky, what value would a Burger King bring to the town? We already have numerous low end eateries.

Reply Posted by Jimbo on Saturday May 21 2016 at 01:29
Gavelar - No I don't work for BMBC. You need to read all the articles and have an understanding into how redevlopment works to get the bigger picture - I can't post links to all the different sites to show you where this info is available as links aren't permitted in comments. The commitment from the council with their £50 million investment (which has never changed) as highlighted in their initial prospectus was the following;
Demolish the old carpetworld building
Demolish central offices and the MS Car Park
Demolish the old TEC building
Demolish the shops on May Day Green and build a new library in their place
Create a new car park on the old CEAG site
Redevelop and extend the market hall
Create a new public square
The only issue with it being council funded is that they'll want to get as much for their money as possible which is clearly why things are taking longer than we'd expect. According to the timescales on the hoardings they already look to be months behind schedule. I get the feeling the demolition of the car park (starting in August) won't be finished until around Christmas and that's if they do get started on time. However, the cleared land from the demolition makes it much easier to attract external investment as the land is ready to be developed. Funding from external developers will only be provided once a percentage of the proposed units is pre-let. The council only appointed a development management organisation last month to finalise plans and start negotiations with retailers and leisure operators so I wouldn't expect any pre-let news just yet. The team they've appointed have a great track record in previous developments and brought in all the big name stores and leisure operators you'd expect to their last development in Newport (albeit a city, it's not that much larger than Barnsley in terms of population and potential and similar to us lies 12 miles adrift from a larger city that would naturally attract investment before them). I'm fairly confident we'll end up with a town centre that has much more to offer than we have currently. Barnsley will always struggle due to the close proximity to the bigger cities but at least we'll be rid of the ugly brown concrete buildings!

Reply Posted by Michelle Carr on Tuesday May 31 2016 at 17:56
Can't wait for the new shops but car parking needs to be looked at traffic is horrendous at the weekend now also definitely should be a primary

Reply Posted by Karen on Tuesday August 23 2016 at 16:12
When are they opening

Reply Posted by Ricky on Monday September 5 2016 at 21:50
When they finish building it!

Reply Posted by Kieron woffinden on Wednesday October 5 2016 at 16:46
This is amazing when will they be opening the new stores

Reply Posted by Paula fieldsend on Saturday October 8 2016 at 11:27
Would be brilliant to have a primark there

Reply Posted by m melluish on Thursday November 24 2016 at 20:56
do,nt create another parkgate with only one entry and exit.

Reply Posted by Karel on Tuesday December 20 2016 at 18:04
Security needed there. Shop crime is just awful. What are the plans for a safer park?

Reply Posted by Leanne on Thursday December 29 2016 at 12:27
Everyones stressing over traffic etc! Well I'm glad theres going to be more shops down there, saves a trip to meadowhall when I only need 3 shops, which are the ones there doing here! All your moaning wont be moaning when your going round shops spending a fortune in sales etc, will be much easier!

Reply Posted by Rebecca nightingale on Tuesday February 21 2017 at 20:16
I am looking for part time and this would a suitable location and a great oppurtunity to get into work.

Reply Posted by Emma sanders on Friday April 7 2017 at 21:20
This is brilliant news

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