Shop and offices plan gets go-ahead

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A MULTI million pound redevelopment scheme in a South Yorkshire town has been granted planning permission after receiving support from residents.

Dransfield Properties received the go-ahead for the £15 million scheme in Penistone, which will be the ‘final piece in the jigsaw of the town’s regeneration’ and create new offices, shops and a restaurant.

Barnsley Council’s planning board approved the two-storey building, on St Mary’s Street, which follows construction of a new Tesco supermarket, a market hall, fire and ambulance depots, council offices and a bowling green.

The new building will provide six shops or cafes on the ground floor and 21 ‘starter offices’ above.

A decision on the application was delayed from the board’s September meeting due to concerns about the entrance to the car park.

Some 26 letters of support were submitted to the council, with people claiming the development would attract more small businesses to the town, enhance the town centre bring more people into Penistone and provide jobs.

Opponents however, including Penistone Town Council, say the scheme would constitute overdevelopment and the proposed access is totally inappropriate.

James Shepherd, development surveyor for Dransfield Properties, said: “We are very pleased the local authority has supported our plans.

“This is an important part of the redevelopment of the town centre which our company has been involved with for many years.

“This final piece of the jigsaw will create new jobs and opportunities in the town and we have already had a great deal of interest from potential businesses.”

Land for the latest development was originally earmarked for a block of sheltered flats.