It’s been well over a decade in the planning and execution but at last the final piece of a redevelopment scheme in Penistone is complete.
Council leader Sir Stephen Houghton CBE turned out for the official opening of Penistone 1 – retail, commercial and office units on St Mary’s Street.
He said: “This is a huge boost to the Penistone and Barnsley economies, both economically and architecturally, which helps cement Penistone’s role as one of the key market towns in the region.”
It has been delivered by Dransfield Properties and it is the final phase of scheme which has included a new Tesco and town centre car park, oak-built market hall and the relocation of the town’s fire and ambulance stations to Springvale.
Plans for a Tesco were vigorously opposed for years by some locals who feared it would harm Penistone’s status as a market town.
Work started on the St Mary’s Street development in May last year.
Dransfield managing director, Mark Dransfield, said: “It’s fantastic to see this final piece of the jigsaw of our company’s development in Penistone now completed and ready for occupation.
“In Penistone 1 we’ve sought to deliver a really well-designed, traditional and impressive building which complements the rest of the town. I think the result is something the whole team can be proud of and we’ve had some lovely comments from everyone who has had the opportunity this week to have a look round for the first time.”
Dransfield Properties received £1.2 million of investment from the European Regional Development Fund.