A new school seen as an important catalyst for the regeneration of a South Yorkshire community has been given the go-ahead.
Barnsley Council has granted planning permission for the school in Goldthorpe which replaces the current one on the corner of Doncaster Road and High Street.
The school will be built on land once occupied by 109 terraced houses on Main Street and will have places for 310 children, with the capacity to extend to 410 places in the future and a 26 place nursery.
David Shepherd, council service director, economic regeneration, said: “This brand new primary school for the children in the Dearne is fantastic and something the community has been waiting for.
“The school will also raise the confidence of businesses and housing developers in Goldthorpe and will, we hope, make a significant contribution to the future economic prosperity of the area.”
A number of planning conditions will be carried out before building work will start.
Central Street and a section of Main Street will be permanently closed and removed.
Consultation is due to begin soon with residents surrounding the site for a Traffic Regulation Order to amend the current one-way traffic system, which will no longer be able to operate once the roads are closed.
The design of the school has been developed by B3 Architects, working with the existing school, Barnsley Council and NPS Barnsley.
It is hoped Robertson Construction will begin work as early as June. The existing school will be demolished.