Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Barnsley council approve £350m plan to create 5,500 jobs

A £350m plan to create more than 5,000 jobs over the next five years in South Yorkshire have been approved by councillors.

The proposals in Barnsley include three business parks, a town centre Business Improvement District and work placements and training schemes.

It would "reduce the jobs, business and skills deficit" in the town, Barnsley Town Council said.

Investment would come from private and public sectors.

The council intends to raise an additional £25m from reserves and by selling assets.

About 2,400 of the jobs would be in the construction sector, the council said.

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