Up to 1,250 jobs in the digital and creative sector and with small, innovative businesses could be created if the 10.6 acre Courthouse Campus in Barnsley became an Enterprise Zone, according to Barnsley Council.
The Campus is the last major undeveloped site close to the town centre and was the site of a court which later became the ticket office for the former Courthouse Railway Station before being turned into the Courthouse pub.
Part of the original site is now occupied by Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre and The Core development, run by Voluntary Action Barnsley. The rest – which forms the Enterprise Zone bid – is currently a car park, but, given its location, is seen as ideal for creative and digital industry companies.
The intention would be to build prestigious offices with “spectacular panoramic views” across the Dearne Valley.
Barnsley Development Agency says plans for new, multi-story car parks and parking provisions for Courthouse Campus developments would increase the number of spaces available and the project would also involve creating additional public green spaces. Although Courthouse Campus would not have the impact of some of the larger Enterprise Zone proposals, the LEP has held out the prospect of seeking approval for more than one Zone, which could open the way for additional smaller projects.
Additionally, Barnsley says other sites in key locations in the town could be developed as different centres of excellence.