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Betting shop plans for grade II listed building

Tuesday October 11 2016


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PLANS to convert the former Yorkshire Building Society into a betting shop have been submitted to Barnsley Council. 

Applications for listed building consent and planning permission for change of use have been submitted by Power Leisure Bookmaker - the company behind betting firm Paddy Power. 

The building, on the corner of Market Hill and Eldon Street, is grade II listed, and dates back to 1903. 

It is also part of the Regent Street, Church Street and Market Hill Conservation Area - one of 18 areas in Barnsley which are deemed to have special architectural or historic interest.

Comments on the application can be submitted until October 14.

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Reply Posted by Ada on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 16:50
Disgraceful! Another place for people to spend money they havnt got.

Reply Posted by Roger on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 18:44
How many more betting shops can the Town accommodate ? Disgraceful

Reply Posted by Geoff on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 18:54
I suppose if no one else wants the building what option is there?

The Council cannot make other businesses buy and apply they can only grant or refuse permission

Do we want a betting shop or a derelict building?

That seems to be the choice

Reply Posted by James on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 19:05
Quality Idea

Reply Posted by David on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 15:04
Hopefully there's a job going for you there James

Reply Posted by Kath Ward on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 19:41
You truly do have to be joking....... we have more than enough gambling establishments in the Barnsley Town Centre and the surrounding areas. Surely the plans are going to be turned down????? Surely!!!!

Reply Posted by Shirley on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 20:25
Councillors taking back handers

Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 12:08
Which councillors are you referring to specifically? I'm sure the local government ombudsman would be keen to hear of any specific allegations and evidence you've got.

Reply Posted by Barry backdrop on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 21:28
You want a back hander

Reply Posted by PRD on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 22:12
I am surprised its not been turned into a foreign takeaway/ restaurant . every other shop or pub seems to be.

Reply Posted by QED on Thursday October 13 2016 at 16:57
Name me 10 shops in town centre that have been turned into a take away/ restaurant in the past 12 months. Doesn't have to be foreign, it could be lovely home grown Non foreign food too.

Reply Posted by Shirley on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 22:15
Barry don't you think they don't take back handers looks like you don't live in real world they say unemployed scum of the earth but its them by the way yes I do work

Reply Posted by darren on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 22:20
not another betting shop.

Reply Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 22:20
I agree shirl councillors do take back handers money talks

Reply Posted by Phil on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 23:22
If I could finance it I'd have a go at turning it into a cafe and book/hobby shop. Something like Borders.

Reply Posted by Anon on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 23:38
different bookies offer different markets to bet on, on different games with different prices. Very useful for your more serious sports bettor. It's only like have 5 clothes shops selling slightly different styles of jeans.

Reply Posted by John P on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 04:45
If Paddy Power have applied for listed building consent and planning permission, do they already own the building?
If so ,then I would not take bets against them getting all approvals .

Reply Posted by Annie on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 14:17
It is a nice building! I have never been to a betting shop but perhaps I will start now.
if nobody else wants the building then so be it.
People can always find a few quid to put a bet on even in deprived areas. All donations to Paddy Power...!

Reply Posted by Gavelar on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 14:30
It seems like a lot of betting shops yes but this is being mirrored in towns up and down the country - it's so they can get the casino slot machines in as they can only have 2 per shop (I think).

I'm sure it's better than having it stand empty and getting run down I suppose. It is a lovely building.

No one is forced to go in and if you have a gambling problem then the next place is only a stones throw away legislation probably needs to change.

Reply Posted by Chris Dennis on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 15:28
Oh come on who thought of this one?! The Council must be mad if they even consider this! What happened to cleaning up the Peel Square area! This will result in people hanging around possibly drinking and causing a nuisance! There's already a betting shop across the road and this is happening there! A beautiful building like this deserves much better!

Reply Posted by Christopher appleyard on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 15:53
I think we got enough betting shops in Barnsley and we don't need another one

Reply Posted by For a better Barnsley on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 18:23
All this will bring to the town is more drug addicts/alcoholics hanging around the doors of the bookies just like betfreds and peel Square toilets when the town is supposed to be getting cleaned up

Reply Posted by Sandra kilner on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 18:36
Should hope plans be rejected for such a fine building. Barnsley doesn't need more betting shops. I am surw this building could be put to better use

Reply Posted by mags on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 19:17
why not use the building as a library instead of wasting money on building a new one barnsley council wasting money again we need decent shops not bookies take aways charity shops

Reply Posted by Dave on Thursday October 13 2016 at 12:16
Cos the people that own the building don't want to turn it into a library obviously.

Reply Posted by DTT on Thursday October 13 2016 at 10:41
Appalling. It would make an excellent charity shop, pound shop or Greggs. There aren't enough shops in Barnsley where you can buy tat and eat a steak bake

Reply Posted by Steve dowle on Thursday October 13 2016 at 12:10
I Put A Comment On Here Three Weeks Ago About The William Hill Betting Shop Opening In The Bus Station Will The Council Shut The Betting Shop Down If It Refuses To Take A Bet I. E Bets Like £25 - 50- 100 Bets Because Thats What The Other Betting Shops Are Doing Hills Ladbrookes Corals Betfred In Town I Know Friends Who Have To Travel To Other Towns To Get A Big Bet On And Ive Seen Letters Sent By William Hill To One Of My Friends Stating They Wont Take A Bet Of Him But The Manager In The Shop Says He Is Good And Polite Customer And Cannot Understand Why They Have Banned Him But You Can Always Put. Thousand Pound In Roulettes Machines And Nothing Said And Its True Because Ive Seen It

Reply Posted by John P on Friday October 14 2016 at 13:49
Planning application in today's Chron,so assume paddy power owns building,SOall depends on planning reg board!

Reply Posted by Fred on Friday October 14 2016 at 19:02
You don't need to own a building to apply for planning permission. Anyone can apply for any building, just draw up the plans, pay the fee's and send it to your local planning department.

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday October 15 2016 at 13:41
it all depends if paddy power have given enough backhanders to councillors cos thats what it all comes down to

Reply Posted by PRD on Saturday October 15 2016 at 21:33
to qed. have you been in Sheffield road lately from the manx pub to park road traffic lights I counted 12 foreign shops and 2 Turkish barbers. plus the coach and horses which was bought by one of the foreign take away shops.they opened it as a restaurant and closed it a few months later. its been closed for at least 2 years. all within 2min walk of the town centre. and people say theres too many pound shops.