PROGRESS on Barnsley’s new ‘digital campus’ has reached another landmark with the approval of cabinet for the allocation of more than £6m to the project.

Cabinet members hailed the future benefits of plans for The Seam, at County Way, at Wednesday’s meeting.

They approved the release of £1.672m to support programme management costs and development through early design stages and £4.68m to enable delivery of ‘phase one’ of the scheme.

The site will include a multi-storey car park with capacity around a third of the current 940 parking spaces - a report notes there are on average 1,400 empty spaces across town during the week - an active travel hub and new public realm features.

The council is also ‘keen to bring forward a mixture of townhouses and apartments’ on the first two plots, with hotel providers being considered for future phases.

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Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said the Digital Media Centre, at the heart of the new site, has been held up as a ‘national exemplar’ of good practice in creative industries and entrepreneurship,

He added added: “It really is moving Barnsley’s economy on.

“It’s been slow-burning in many ways, but it’s now beginning to reap rewards.

“We talk about more and better jobs, these are the areas where a lot of those better and skilled jobs are going to come from.”