MORE than 450 jobs and a £20m boost to the local economy will be created by a new business park next to the M1 junction at Birdwell, leader of the council Sir Steve Houghton has said.

Work is well-underway at Gateway 36 and steel shells of the first phase of three commercial units totalling 65,000 sq ft can now be seen from the Dearne Towns Link Road.

The site also has planning permission for a hotel, a car showroom, food and drink outlets.

The Chronicle understands the hotel and pub are very close to going ahead and announcements are expected soon.

** The full story appears in the Barnsley Chronicle newspaper, dated July 10. **