Sound production

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

If approved, 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 vote on the request at the next Town Planning Council meeting on January 18.

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

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

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 kitchens, and 11 parking spaces.

Councilors will vote on the request at the next Town Planning Council meeting on January 18.

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

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

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

Coun Hunt added that the potential to set a precedent for other industrial developments in the region “is also of concern”.

Councilor Harry Spence, union representative for Darton East, opposed the plan, saying the site is “not suitable” and “there are no special circumstances to allow this project to continue on green belt lands ”.

A number of objections were filed by residents, due to the loss of the green belt, loss of privacy, highways and traffic issues, and biodiversity issues.

One resident wrote: “The design of the building does not match the area, it looks like a warehouse, has two floors and will be very visible, harming the area and spoiling the view of the area as a whole. “

However, council planning officers recommended approval of the program and said it would provide a “one-stop-shop in sound design” and attract investment and jobs.

“Additionally, the company is already working with Barnsley College and there is an ongoing commitment to do so with the proposed facility providing students with the opportunity to gain experience.

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

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

Councilors will vote on the request at the next Town Planning Council meeting on January 18.