THE final piece of the jigsaw could be slotted into place to complete work to redevelop the centre of a South Yorkshire market town and create 80 new jobs.
Dransfield Properties has applied for planning permission to build six retail outlets, up to 21 office units, and a 25-space car park on rundown land in Penistone town centre, which fronts St Mary’s Street and the access road to the new Tesco store.
The scheme’s architects, Chesterfield-based WCEC, worked on the Tesco branch which opened last August and Penistone’s new covered market.
The land where the shops and offices are proposed had previously been earmarked for a residential development but those plans were turned down, leaving the 0.59 acre site derelict.
Funding is being sought by Tankersley-based Dransfield from the European Regional Development Fund.
Dransfield Properties’ development surveyor, David Hale, said: “This is the final piece of the jigsaw in our plans for Penistone town centre.
“The development we are proposing is on a key site in the town and is one of the first things visitors see when they come in to Penistone.
“It is important therefore we have the right development on the site.
“We have looked at the architecture of the town centre as well as the new market area to bring forward a development which really enhances this area and adds to the work which has already been achieved through the town centre regeneration scheme.”
Barnsley Council’s planning board will consider whether or not to approve the new scheme at a meeting due to take place later in the spring.