Cabinet members approve a long-term strategic vision for Penistone with help from Principal Towns

Barnsley Council's cabinet members have given their approval for the long-term strategic vision for Penistone.

The proposal builds on the town's heritage and culture, attracting investment, and encouraging the local economy to thrive.

Suggestions include development of Penistone town hall into a flexible community space that can be used for a wide range of activities and events that will showcase the local heritage, linking to the Paramount cinema.

Plans also explore £50,000 of external funding to develop Cycle Penistone; building on the legacy of Tour de Yorkshire by making Penistone a cycle destination. Local gems like Trans Pennine Trail are key to driving footfall to the town centre with improved linkages.

The identity of Penistone as a traditional, cultural town can be improved with developments of the market barn, helping to generate a thriving local economy. Opportunities to explore funding, such as the Heritage Lottery will benefit Penistone's cultural offer, so residents can show their pride in the area while attracting visitors as a result.

In June 2018, Arcadis carried out a master planning exercise to be delivered up to the end of March 2021 which has informed the vision and highlighting potential opportunities.

After consultations with elected members, local community groups, businesses, the Ward Alliance, Town Council and members of the public, local-level projects have been identified for funding allocations.

The proposed improvements will be kick-started with Principal Towns funding, with additional schemes and opportunities being developed to pave the way for future long-term suggestions.


Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture), said: "Penistone has always had a fantastic sense of town spirit, with residents and businesses coming together time and time again to develop the local area."

"The passion that they show for developing the economy while showcasing their heritage and culture means that these projects have promising outcomes. We're excited to be working with the community to make improvements for future generations."

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