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Approval for plan for 360 new homes
A LARGE-SCALE development at Thurnscoe has been approved by Barnsley Council’s planning board.
The 11-hectare site at Lingamore Leys will see 360 new homes being built – the last of three phases aimed at developing the area.
But the scheme has not gone ahead without major concern within the community. Worries were such that a public meeting was held for residents to have their say.
Objections included loss of privacy, impact on...
Controversial plan for new school gets green light
PLANS for a new town centre school have been given the seal of approval by members of Barnsley Council’s ruling cabinet.
Cabinet members approved a report recommending a site on Broadway, Kingstone, be handed over to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for a nominal fee of £1 – on the basis that the council will not commit any further funding to the scheme.
Halifax-based Trinity Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)...
Housing estate plan for old school site
PLANS to build 235 homes on a former high school site have been earmarked for approval on Tuesday.
Wombwell High School, which closed in 2012 when it merged with Foulstone to form Netherwood, is at the centre of a bid from Premier Construction Group.
The application consists of 34 two-bedroom, 126 three-bedroom and 75 four-bedroom properties.
Two hectares of the site will be retained for a new primary school and £2m will be secured...
New estate plans
PLANNING permission is being sought for a potential 70-home estate.
The planned work is set to take place on the land off West Street, near Worsbrough Bridge.
The application is currently under consideration from Barnsley Council’s planning board.
Work is underway
ENGINEERS have started land stabilisation works at Penny Pie Park to ensure it is strong enough to cope with a new multi-lane road system.
This second phase of work at the site, in the Dodworth ward, is being carried out by GDC and is expected to last for approximately 20 weeks.
Road tying-in works have been scheduled for early 2021, according to Barnsley Council.
Much needed school could happen next year
A NEW school is set to be built near a notorious crossroads where traffic congestion is already stretched to ‘breaking point’.
Two sites – both on Broadway, Kingstone – were identified as preferred options for the 900-pupil secondary school, called Trinity Academy, but the former Broadway Recreation Ground has been settled on.
It is due to open as early as next year and has been approved by the Department for Education after a...
Plans for Thai food cafe
PLANS for a Thai street food cafe at Wombwell have been submitted to Barnsley Council.
Businessman Giulio Stifanese wants to turn an empty shop into a cafe and healthy eatery at Barnsley Road.
He says he doesn’t see any problems with the scheme, which will come before councillors at the next planning committee.
Mr Stifanese, who lives in Wombwell, says the detached property has no immediate residential neighbours.
“So I don’t...
New homes could bring £1m to improve area
MORE than £1m is set to be secured to improve the local area around a 93-home development which has been earmarked to be approved.
Applicant Keepmoat Homes’ plan relates to St Helen’s Boulevard, off Carlton Road, and now features 13 two-bedroom, 60 three-bedroom and 20 four-bedroom properties.
According to a report, which will go before the planning board on Tuesday, ten per cent will be classed as affordable housing.
Objections relating to...
111 homes are being planned in Wombwell
PLANNING permission is being sought to build up to 111 homes in Wombwell.
Applicant Allan Finlay’s bid, relating to Station Road, has been submitted in its outline form which would require full planning permission to be granted at a later stage. The site is bordered by residential and commercial use, with woodland to its north, which then back onto Netherwood Academy’s playing fields.
Two watercourses – the River Dove and Bulling Dike –...
The wait goes on for Royston Aldi opening...
THE opening date of a long awaited Aldi store has been pushed back to the summer.
Planning permission was granted to build the store on High Street, Royston, back in 2015 but it’s been hit by a number of delays – the most recent one in October.
According to the planning application, the German retailer submitted a variation to relocate the plant area on the site, which was approved on January 8.
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Link road plans are revealed
A RAFT of road alterations planned in order to access a fiercely-contested green belt site allocated for 1,700 houses and business use have been revealed.
Barnsley Council will create a site known as ‘Barnsley West MU1’, bordered by Pogmoor, Higham, Gawber and Barugh Green, which is made up of housing, a new 300-place primary school and business use.
However, a contentious link road has been revealed this week off Higham Common Road –...
Community space at Penny Pie Park to be ‘intensely used’
DETAILS of the future look of a popular park which has been closed off in order to create a new one-way road system have been revealed.A report suggests that Penny Pie Park - the green space at the centre of an ongoing row between campaigners and Barnsley Council - will become ‘a more intensely used community space’ upon the multi-lane road’s completion.The park, on Dodworth Road, was closed to the public last month, sparking angry...
Next hub could give a huge jobs boost
A RETAIL giant’s new distribution hub could help create much-needed jobs in ex-mining communities hit hardest by years of austerity, plans have claimed.The site, off Field Lane, lies between Brierley and South Elmsall and is currently open farmland which effectively acts as a buffer zone between the two villages and neighbouring South Kirkby.According to a planning statement submitted by Next, the investment could total £125m and includes a 777,000sq ft development with a warehouse, offices,...
Landmark building is next to be demolished
A PROMINENT town centre building a stone’s throw away from the public transport hub will be demolished as part of what will be a ‘transformational makeover’ in 2020.Eldon Street is set to receive a share of £2m in funding which will be used to regenerate and improve its appearance given its close proximity to Barnsley Interchange, the £180m Glass Works scheme and Library @ the Lightbox.The council purchased 35 Eldon Street - which was last...
Trio of new town shops in the pipeline
OUTLINE planning permission is being sought to turn a shop into three new shops.
Applicant Peter Kwapisz is seeking to turn the existing P and J Textiles, in New Street, Barnsley, into three retail units.
The planning application states that P and J has two members of staff, but the three retail units will see four more people employed.
All nearby neighbours have been notified of the plans and a decision will...
Plans for Tankersley station
PLANNING permission for refurbishment work at Tankersley’s fire station is expected to be sought next year, a report revealed this week.
The document, which will be discussed by members of the South Yorkshire Fire Authority at Barnsley Town Hall on January 13, sets out planned improvements to its estate during 2020/21.
Barnsley’s main station, on Broadway, Kingstone, will be knocked down and represents the biggest investment, although Tankersley’s refurbishment will cost £998,000.
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Barnsley missing out on 5G connectivity
BARNSLEY will lag behind other towns and cities in phone operators’ 5G roll-outs by several years leaving users at risk of being ‘cut off’, a report has warned.
The study, which will be delivered at Barnsley Council’s next ruling cabinet meeting on January 8, revealed the town is ‘not well served’ by the next generation of digital connectivity.
It says 5G uses much higher radio frequencies and more data to be carried at...
Plans for a retirement village
PLANS have been submitted to Barnsley Council for a ‘ground-breaking’ new approach to retirement living in Hoyland.
Hawshaw Bank is the first project from Sky-Lark, a new initiative created by the architects at Sheffield-based CODA Studios in association with Broadfield Holdings, Crossbow Investments, Knight Knox and Alcove.
Their debut development, submitted to Barnsley Council, will feature a selection of 40 one-bedroom homes, with double height living spaces and eco-friendly features.
According to...
Diversions in place due to bridge closure
NETWORK Rail is advising drivers in Wombwell that Hough Lane bridge will close in the New Year as work will take place to replace it.
From Monday, January 6, the bridge over the railway will be closed to allow utilities such as gas, electricity and water to be removed from the bridge ahead of it being demolished and reconstructed.
To allow this work to take place safely, the road will remain closed until...
New supermarket given go-ahead
LONG-AWAITED work to build a new supermarket on the edge of Barnsley town centre is expected to pick up early next year.
Retailer Aldi received permission to build a store next to Wickes on Old Mill Lane – on the former National Grid site – more than two years ago.
Delays have snagged the build but a planning document said groundworks have been carried out and this week it was confirmed that a...

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