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Decision on Barnsley video game sound production studio postponed

Planning documents say the two-story building will “attract and retain high-quality jobs” and “assist in the expansion of Pitstop Productions, a locally-based global leader in sound recordings for the video game industry. “.

According to plans, the program could create an additional 15 new jobs within a year and 50 jobs over the next five years.

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The building would include a recording room, seven mixing rooms, a recording room, meeting and storage rooms as well as toilets, showers and kitchens, and 11 parking spaces.

John Sanderson, founder and chief executive of PitStop Productions, told a planning committee meeting yesterday (January 18) that his company had become a “one-stop audio service”, which works on “some of the most successful video games in the world”. ‘.

“PitStop was created after a musical I wrote, this musical telling the story of two generations of mining families surviving the dangers and eventual demise of the coal industry,” Sanderson added.

Mr Sanderson assured the committee that the proposed sound design integration center ‘will create no noise’ and, when built, ‘will cause no problems for the local community’.

“From a studio bedroom in Woolley, PitStop began. Twenty-five years later, with the creation of what today represents 38 quality full-time jobs, PitStop is proud, very proud to be in Barnsley .”

Mr Sanderson assured the committee that the proposed sound design integration center ‘will create no noise’ and, when built, ‘will cause no problems for the local community’.

He added, “I believe what is being proposed will have a positive impact on the local community and help rejuvenate the local economy.”

Anne Gibson, a neighboring resident, objected to the plans and told the meeting that the extent of potential noise disturbance is “unknown”.

“The subdivision is not on one level with the accommodation opposite. He is in a raised position of these three meters, thus negatively imposing the opening of the green belt.

Another resident, Cheryl, added that the scheme would ‘bring no economic gain to residents of Windhill Lane or the surrounding estate’, but added that it would lead to ‘misery’ and anti-social behaviour.

Nearly 50 objections were filed by residents, citing loss of green belt, loss of privacy, highway and traffic issues, and biodiversity issues.

Matt Woodward, head of planning at BMBC, said the claimant argued for ‘very special circumstances’ to build on greenbelt land, including the ‘unique nature’ of the business, job creation and the company’s working relationship with Barnsley College, allowing students to use a “one-stop facility”.

Councilor Mat Crisp warned that allowing the studio to be built on Greenbelt land could set a “very dangerous precedent”, adding: “I’m begging you to really, really think about where we’re going.”

“I don’t think they have any special circumstances,” Councilor Crisp added.

Council Chairman Councilor Ken Richardson first asked councilors to vote for or against the plan, and only six councilors voted in favour, with the others voting to reject the plan.

Councilors said the claimant needed more details to make a decision, including the possibility of reducing the height of the building.

Councilor Trevor Smith asked to defer the decision until more information is presented, and councilors voted in favour.