Sheffield City Region have awarded Barnsley Council a £10.63 million Local Government Fund (LGF) to contribute to the delivery of new and improved highway infrastructure works – subject to planning approval, in the vicinity of M1 Junction 37 (Claycliffe). Acceptance of the LGF grant funding will be dependent on approval from Barnsley Council’s Cabinet.
The significant funding will improve and widen Capitol Close/Higham Lane, make improvements to the Chestnut Tree roundabout and provide new access into MU1 (Barnsley West), a mixed use employment and housing site allocated as part of Barnsley’s Local Plan.
The Masterplan Framework for MU1 (Barnsley West) was adopted by Full Council on 19 December 2019, following a community consultation exercise, supporting the delivery of new jobs in the area, and new homes, plus public open space and a new primary school.
Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “We’re pleased to have invested Local Growth Funding into M1 Junction 37 works, which will deliver more than 3,500 new jobs and 1,700 new homes plus other benefits for communities in Barnsley.
“The Local Growth Fund is transformative and a great example of how the Mayoral Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership are working together to create growth and sustainability in the Region.”