Ground-breaking ceremony welcomes next phases of Gateway 36 development

A ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the next phases of Harworth Group’s Gateway 36 development was held on Friday 2 October. 

Following the success of the scheme’s first phase which has delivered over 250 new jobs to the borough, Barnsley Council has granted Harworth Group consent for 1.1m sq. ft for its next two phases which could deliver a further 2,500 jobs. The development is one of the major initiatives identified in the Barnsley Jobs and Business Plan to create more and better jobs for residents and attract more businesses to the borough. 

Formerly home to the Rockingham Colliery, the overall site covers 127 acres and sits adjacent to the Dearne Valley Parkway, providing excellent connectivity to the nearby M1. Gateway 36’s next two phases include proposed units suitable for light and general industrial use, as well as storage and distribution.  

Consent has also been granted for a new link road from the existing Shortwood Roundabout, running south to serve Phase 2, alongside a new roundabout on the Dearne Valley Parkway with an arm to the north to serve Phase 3.

All three phases of Gateway 36, alongside nearby employment and residential land, have been unlocked as part of a £17.1 million funding package from the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund (SCRIF).  

Working in partnership with Harworth, Barnsley Council welcomes the delivery of the next stages of the development, which will provide a significant boost to the local economy, meeting the region’s rising demand for new industrial units in the area.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, Barnsley Council, said: “We are looking forward to the development of the next phases of this site. Phase one has attracted some major businesses to the area, and these additional units are sure to be in high demand. This is a challenging time, and the creation of more job opportunities, now and the future, is vital. 

“Working with our partners, Gateway 36 has been a big success. We are committed to providing additional high-quality commercial units on this site and welcoming more businesses to the borough.” 

Chris Davidson, Associate Director at Harworth Group plc, said: “Breaking ground is a statement of our intent to deliver new development quickly in an economy where good quality industrial space is at a premium. 

We want to deliver the high-value employment that the Council’s faith and the City Region’s investment merits and I look forward to us building the scheme out over the next five years.”

Pictured: Ground-breaking for the new site at Gateway 36 Business Park are Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place and Paul Clifford, Head of Economic Development, Barnsley Council (2nd,3rd Left) with Harworth Group representatives and contractors.

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