16,000 jobs in pipeline for S Yorks schemes

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Up to 16,000 jobs could be created under plans for new industrial estates in South Yorkshire.

Barnsley Council has announced proposals to develop three areas, including green belt land between the Cat Hill roundabout and Goldthorpe.

The industrial zones would cover more than 1,000 acres, but depend on the authority succeeding in a bid for £25 million of Government funding.

The cash would be used to create link roads to the sites from the Dearne Link Road, off Junction 36 of the M1.

The Cat Hill site is the biggest, involving 728 acres which could house companies creating 10,700 jobs.

The second project, between Grimethorpe and Shafton on Engine Lane, would see £5.3m invested to create up to 2,000 new jobs on 143 acres.

Up to 870 new homes could also be built.

Meanwhile, the third project would see a bypass from Junction 37 of the M1 at Dodworth to connect with the A635 at Claycliffe.

The road would to reduce traffic congestion along the existing Higham Common Lane and open up land for business and as many as 800 new homes.

The plans are on the Sheffield city region local enterprise partnership’s shortlist of proposals which could share a total of £113m.

The partnership’s local transport body – headed by Coun Sir Stephen Houghton, Barnsley Council leader – has made recommendations about which plans should be shortlisted for funding.

A decision on which projects could receive funding is to be made next year.

Other projects being considered include a new road under the M1 Junction 34 at Meadowhall, linking Sheffield and Rotherham, in a bid to cut congestion.