Warehouses are opportunity for development, says council

Cllr Robert FrostCllr Robert Frost
Cllr Robert Frost
A CONTROVERSIAL development has been defended by council officials who insisted plans being submitted for more warehouses was a sign of growth and opportunity.

Barnsley Council’s planning board approved an application which will see three warehouses constructed along the Dearne Valley Parkway in Hoyland some time before 2027.

Cllr Robert Frost, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “To attract quality businesses, we need a good supply of land and modern buildings in the right location, which the Local Plan provides.

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“It is important to clarify, more warehouses are not being built by the council — we have allocated the land for development to support business growth.

“The recent developments and planning permissions demonstrate that we identified suitable land to attract new businesses and allow local companies to expand.

“The recently approved units are suitable for a range of occupiers, and this flexibility will also be important in making sure a variety of job opportunities are available for local people.

“The planning application for the three buildings was only approved after substantial changes were made to the proposals, including reduced building heights and increased landscaping around the buildings.

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“Working in partnership with National Highways, the council invested significantly in the road network around Junction 36 of the M1.

“Both organisations are closely monitoring traffic levels in the area.”