Sound production

Plans revealed for a new video game sound production studio in Barnsley that could create dozens of jobs

If approved, the existing buildings on the site will be demolished to make way for the new studio, which will be used to record sound effects for use in video games.

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

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Councilors will decide on the request at the next planning board meeting on January 18.

The company currently employs a total of 45 people and is looking to expand after sales increased by 122%.

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

The building would include a full-height recording room, seven mixing rooms, a recording room, meeting and storage rooms as well as toilets, showers and kitchen facilities, and 11 parking spaces.

Councilors will decide on the request at the next planning board meeting on January 18.

Outside, there will be four sound booths, a freight elevator and pit, and a small pond at the rear of the building, to be used for exterior sound recording.

Although the land is allocated to a green belt, a council report states that “the site is not an accessible green space”.

Councilor Steve Hunt, Liberal Democrat representative for Darton East, said the loss of greenbelt land in an area already subject to “so much development” is a “concern” and asked if another location could be found.

Earl Hunt added that the possibility of setting a precedent for other industrial developments in the area “is also of concern”.

Councilor Harry Spence, labor representative for Darton East, objected to the plan, saying the site was ‘unsuitable’ and ‘there are no special circumstances to allow this scheme to proceed. move forward on the lands of the green belt”.

A number of objections have been filed by residents, citing loss of green belt, loss of privacy, highway and traffic issues, and biodiversity issues.

A resident wrote: “The design of the building is not in harmony with the area, it looks like a warehouse, is two stories high and will be very visible, detracting from the area and spoiling the views of the area as a whole. “

However, council planning officers recommended the scheme for approval and said it would provide a ‘unique facility in a solid design’ and attract investment and jobs.

“In addition, the company already works with Barnsley College and there is an ongoing commitment to this, with the proposed facility offering students the opportunity to gain experience.

“Highway impacts have been assessed as acceptable and travel to the site is not expected to be significant with only five employees permanently based here.

“It is accepted that the benefits of the proposed project, given the lack of suitable alternative sites in the borough and the applicant’s unique case, clearly outweigh the harm to the green belt and any other harm and the project is recommended for approval subject to conditions”.

Councilors will decide on the request at the next planning board meeting on January 18.