More than 5,000 new jobs are set to be created in Barnsley after plans for a ‘strategic business park’ near the M1 were approved.
The park, which will be based at the Dearne Valley Corridor on the M1 Junction 36 (Hoyland and Goldthorpe) was approved at the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority meeting today.
It means work can start on key roads which connect the Dearne Valley Parkway, from the M1 junction along the A6135 to Goldthorpe.
A spokesman for the council 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 ambitions 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 and proportion of private sector jobs in Barnsley.”
In total, the Hoyland sites are set to create 2,497 jobs by 2024 and 4,744 jobs by the end of 2033, as well as 110 new construction jobs.
Barnsley Council estimates the scheme will boost the town’s economy by up to £3billion.