Market scheme starts up again

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A REVISED agreement has been signed for a major project to redevelop the shopping area of Barnsley, which was stalled by the recession.

The newly named Marketplace Barnsley scheme will create a new retail centre with Debenhams department store, an Odeon seven-screen cinema, 35 retail and leisure units as well as car parking.

There will also be a new indoor market hall.

The £180m project was drawn up in 2006, including Yorkshire Forward as a partner, but stalled by 2008 because of the economy. YF is to be abolished this year.