More than 5,000 new jobs could be created in Barnsley after plans for a ‘strategic business park’ were approved.
Barnsley Council has passed plans for a raft of road improvements around the ‘Dearne Valley Parkway’, near Junction 36 of the M1, which it says will boost the area’s business prospects and attract new investment.
The £55million scheme, including £15m of public funds, will see roads from the motorway junction at Hoyland along the A6135 to Goldthorpe improved.
Construction of nine new units at Rockingham Business Park in Hoyland is already under way and authority bosses say the changes will bring more businesses to the town.
The council estimates 2,497 jobs will be created in Hoyland by 2024, and 4,744 jobs by the end of 2033 – as well as 110 new construction jobs.
A council spokesman said: “This will result in the ability to develop both potential employment and housing sites, significantly contributing to both Sheffield City Region and Barnsley’s growth ambition for the borough.
“It will provide businesses with the right infrastructure they need to thrive and is essential in helping to attract and retain new and existing businesses, which in turn will create a more competitive private sector employment base. There will be significant impact on the number of jobs.”
The council says it will boost the town’s economy by up to £3billion.
Matt Gladstone, council executive director for place, said: “It’s fantastic for Barnsley and the wider Sheffield City Region. This scheme provides the infrastructure needed to create jobs.
“We have the construction of nine new units at Rockingham and two more planning applications in place.
“The main thing is widening Junction 36 and putting in infrastructure in place for cycling and footpaths as well.
“It’s opening up more areas of land to attract more investment.”