Barnsley’s Strategic Growth Clusters

Following on from approval of the borough’s Local Plan in January 2019, a Strategic Growth Clusters report will be presented to Barnsley Council’s Cabinet members on Wednesday, 20 March.

The report includes information on four current and future projects to help improve economic growth for the borough. It also requests permissions to formally accept over £8 million of grant funding and seeks approval to enter into negotiations with external funders, including Sheffield City Region, to support future development.

Updates are provided on:

  • M1 Junction 36 – A6195 Dearne Valley Economic Growth Corridor (Phase 1 Hoyland)
  • M1 Junction 37 - Economic Growth Corridor – Phase 1

Plans for phase 2 schemes for M1 Junction 36 and Junction 37 are also discussed in detail:

M1 Junction 36 – A6195 Dearne Valley Economic Growth Corridor (Phase 2 Goldthorpe)

The scheme seeks approval to accept a grant for £7.32m from Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund. The money will be used for works on Cathill, Broomhill and Wath Road roundabouts along the A6195 Dearne Valley Parkway to help improve traffic flow and congestion in the area. The funding will also support the delivery of a new access/roundabout into the Goldthorpe employment land (ES10 in the Local Plan) off the A635 helping to bring new jobs to the area.

M1 Junction 37 – Phase 2 (Claycliffe)

Progression and development of the Sheffield City Region business case are provided which seeks funding to deliver up to 3,500 new jobs and 1,700 new homes on mixed-use site MU1 in the Local Plan. The MU1 site would also include the creation of public open space and a new primary school.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “The adoption of the Local Plan represented an essential milestone for Barnsley, providing certainty on how the borough is developed and protected until 2033.

"The current work and phase 2 projects, if approved by Cabinet, will help drive forward our plans to develop commercial space and create more and better jobs. The funding will strengthen our economic growth and attract more businesses to the area. It will help grow current Barnsley businesses which will in turn increase opportunities for our residents as well as provide more and better housing.”

The full report along with a detailed appendix can be found here.

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country. That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.


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