Work On Barnsley Business Park Begins

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Work On Barnsley Business Park Begins

Work On Barnsley Business Park Begins

 A business park in Barnsley will open shortly, after work to build five industrial units in the South Yorkshire city has begun.

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council has revealed construction is now underway at Network Space’s Ashroyd Business Park, less than two miles from junction 36 on the M1.

Simon Peters, development director at Network Space, said: “Breaking ground at the site was a great moment for all parties and a clear demonstration of our confidence in the buoyancy of the region’s economy.”

He went on to say: “The development benefits from first-class transport links and we have every confidence that its prime location, matched with the quality of our end product, will result in us bringing new businesses and jobs to the site in the very near future.”

Contractor GF Tomilson has been assigned the project, which includes building five units between 10,750 square feet and 52,500 square feet, with their own self-contained yards.

Once finished, the units will be available to let for a wide range of industrial and distribution purposes. They will also offer superfast broadband connections and car charging points.

Network Space has been developing industrial spaces for 35 years, and managed to acquire the three development sites at Ashroyd in 2017. In addition to the single 52,500-square foot building, four detached units between 10,750 square feet and 21,200 square feet will be constructed. The last plot, which has been granted outline planning consent, will provide a further 95,000 square feet for a design and build opportunity.

Barnsley Council’s executive director for place Matt Gladstone added: “We’re delighted to see this new high-quality development underway, having worked closely with Network Space to help them secure appropriate funding, assist with planning matters and provide on-going support.”

He added the site is “great news for the borough”, as it will create more local jobs and add to Barnsley’s economy.

With construction work now underway, the units are expected to be completed by spring 2020.

Barnsley could also see 1,700 new homes, a new school, and new roads being built if a major development project goes ahead in the future.

The Star reported how the council’s Local Plan, which showcases its development potential for the next 20 years, will see much of the area’s greenbelt sites between Pogmoor, Gawber, Higham and Barugh Green used for the new infrastructure.

As the regeneration project is so big, local residents will be able to attend special consultations to have their say over the potential development.

Councillor Sharon Howard told the news provider: “It is vitally important residents have their say on how that site will be developed.”

The local authority wants to create its own ‘masterplan’ for the site instead of enabling several developments to occur, so that the overall result provides the best outcome for residents.

At a meeting of the council’s ruling Cabinet, local authority leader Sir Steve Houghton said: “If we don’t develop a masterplan, we are at the behest of developers coming and putting their own proposals in.”

He added: “It is better to get the best proposals we can, rather than leaving it to the market.”

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