Council supporting Dearne communities to transform through major investment

This year has seen an extremely positive start to commercial investment and jobs growth in the Dearne area and surrounding employment sites in the borough. 

M1 Junction 36 is now a very attractive location for businesses. We expect in excess of 1.3 million square feet of new speculative development to take place in the area within the next two years, with major new developments already underway.

Barnsley has also recently experienced record levels of property take-up by expanding local companies and inward investors. 

  • Harworth Group PLC has successfully developed the first phase at Gateway 36 in recent years, attracting inward investors and expanding local businesses, creating more than 150 new jobs.
  • 1,002 new jobs have been created so far this financial year, and more than one million square feet of commercial property space has been occupied.
  • £17 million has been invested in recent years to enhance the capacity of the local road infrastructure to enable substantial development to take place at M1 Junction 36.
  • In addition, Evri (formerly known as Hermes) will open their new hub at J36 this year. This £60 million facility, the largest of its kind in Europe, is expected to create 1,400 new full-time jobs and 300 temporary roles at peak periods, including a range of highly skilled roles for the wider area. 

Barnsley Council initially carried out major improvement works to the Cathill, Broomhill and Wath Road roundabouts as part of the A6195/A635 Dearne Valley Economic Growth Corridor scheme to improve the road network in the area.

The works increased the sizes of the three existing roundabouts and widened the lane approaches and exits to reduce traffic congestion at peak times. 

A planning application was also recently approved for a new access roundabout off the A635, south of the Dearne Valley Parkway, enabling access to the employment site ES10. The Goldthorpe access roundabout scheme is being delivered by Barnsley Council and the land assembly and preparation works are being part funded by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

The new employment site will deliver around 73 hectares of employment land, positively impacting on the economic wellbeing of residents by providing new and additional jobs in the area.

This scheme will be part-funded by Barnsley Council and part-funded from the Goldthorpe Towns Fund Deal, provided by Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). The Towns Fund Deal will secure more than £23.1m overall investment in investment for Goldthorpe, Thurnscoe and Bolton upon Dearne. Final business cases for the investments through the Towns Fund are due to be presented to Barnsley Council’s Cabinet for approval in April.

Barnsley is now established as a proven location for business. Our award-winning Enterprising Barnsley team works very closely with commercial property developers to stimulate much needed new commercial premises to meet occupier demand, with further major business relocations and expansions due to be announced in the coming months in the Dearne area.

Enterprising Barnsley and partners, such as Barnsley College, Barnsley Council Employment and Skills Team, and Jobcentre Plus, are proactively working with investing businesses to maximise local jobs for local people.

To keep Barnsley growing, we must continue to deliver our strategy to 2030 and the borough’s Local Plan. Barnsley needs more and better jobs and better transport links, and to secure investment and jobs the land needs to be in the right place. 

Barnsley Council’s own ‘levelling up’ plan has been laid out in a new Place-based Investment Plan approved by our Cabinet. The plan sets out our ambitious investment plans and how we make sure Barnsley is in the strongest possible position to secure funding.

We’re committed to making Barnsley a better place to live, work, invest and visit, meeting our residents’ needs alongside growing Barnsley’s economy. 

Find out more about our key investment projects.

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