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City Reach development moves forward

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Wednesday 9th July 2014
City Reach

THE part-built City Reach apartment block on the outskirts of Barnsley town centre is set to get higher, according to amended plans.

Superior Living Limited, based in Liverpool, took ownership of the derelict eyesore after buying it for £375,000 at auction last October, just four per cent of its original estimated value.

Agent Paul Jackson has submitted amended plans for the concrete skeleton, which borders John Street, Heelis Street and Burleigh Street.

Proposals show there will be one two-storey apartment will be built on top of the existing top floor; the internal layout will be rearranged to provide 24 additional apartments; there will no longer be any retail units on the lower floors and a gym will be built for residents.

Mr Jackson was keen to stress just one apartment will increase in height and not the whole of the building.

He said: "The reason for this is to make it look more slender and elegant and that's what our proposals do.

"We think the additional units instead of the commercial aspect gives a 'live' ground floor rather than boarded up shops and increases safety of the site.

"Also we think it is an unsuitable area for retail as it is a stone's throw away from the town centre."

The original approval for the site was during the previous boom years and City Reach has laid dormant for a number of years since falling victim to the recession.

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Posted by cp I Thu 10th Jul 2014 at 11:59am

Excellent news, along with the new college

Posted by Ian I Tue 15th Jul 2014 at 10:32pm

It certainly is good news, helping to deal with the blight afflicting the town centre. Unfortunately, it had to be virtually given away to get something done. Is that what's going to be needed at Junction 37 when the Green Belt is concreted over there, even before the site at Capitol Park is fully occupied?