PROPOSALS to build Europe’s largest delivery hub near junction 36 of the M1 which will cost £60m and provide 1,300 jobs have been approved by Barnsley Council - despite objectors urging planning bosses to reject the scheme.

Hermes, whose state-of-the-art plan relates to a former green belt site off Sheffield Road in Hoyland on land earmarked for development by the council, will have a 363,000sq ft footprint and be capable of processing 1.3 million parcels per day.

Councillors on the local authority’s planning board met today (Tuesday) to discuss the scheme, which generated a 1,700-signature petition against the site’s development.

The would-be facility, already named ‘Colossus’ by Hermes, has been scheduled for completion in just two years’ time.

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