Sheffield City Region projects share in £23m of ‘transformative’ funding

Mayor Dan Jarvis, left, and James Muir, Chairman of the City Region LEP

Projects across the Sheffield City Region will share in a ‘transformative’ £23m award to boost the tourist economy, revitalise urban centres and improve transport connections.

At the SCR Mayoral Combined Authority meeting, chaired by Mayor Dan Jarvis and held in Doncaster, members formally agreed Local Growth Fund funding for schemes in Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield.

The LGF is government funding awarded to Local Enterprise Partnerships for projects that benefit the local area and economy.

Mayor Jarvis said: “This funding is transformative. It’s also a great example of the Mayoral Combined Authority and LEP driving real change for communities across the Sheffield City Region.

“By investing in developments such as these, we will create jobs, attract investment, boost our tourism offer and also continue the SCR’s strong track record in building places where people want to live, work and play.

“I said I would champion our region’s visitor economy, build on our region’s significant strengths, and seize new opportunities. Today’s funding announcement shows that I’m making that ambition a reality.”

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Jake Berry, said: “This award of around £23m to projects across Sheffield City Region illustrates just how valuable the Local Growth Fund programme is for local communities and businesses.

“Not only will it create and secure hundreds of local jobs, but it demonstrates the huge breadth of how the Government’s Local Growth Fund programme is unlocking local economic growth – from improving transport connectivity and growing new tourism assets, to supporting new tech firms and the revitalisation of local town centres.

“LGF is supporting critical local growth projects like this right across the Northern Powerhouse, and I congratulate the Mayor and LEP for their commitment to Sheffield City Region’s bright economic future.”

The largest grant is £7.4m for the Glass Works development in Barnsley town centre. Funding will contribute to new retail and restaurant units, a market kitchen food court and offices, as well as the demolition of an existing multi storey car park. The development aims to “revitalise Barnsley’s historic markets with a contemporary twist”, and create “a modern town centre with traditional community beliefs”, bringing with it almost 700 new jobs.

A grant of £7.32m has been approved for road improvements along the M1 J36 Economic Growth Corridor in Goldthorpe, to deliver 73 hectares of new employment land. Works will take place on three existing roundabouts, at Cathill, Broomhill and Wath Road, while a new roundabout will also be created off the A635.

A £2.13m grant has also been approved for Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre, to create a Digital Media Centre 2 providing new space for digital and creative businesses. The current Digital Media Centre is close to capacity, so the second phase will enable the facility to become home to creative businesses of the future. The project aims to deliver up to 94 new full time jobs.