Regeneration boost for Barnsley as artists apply to open craft beer bar, gallery and vinyl record shop

Plans have been submitted to transform a lighting shop in The Arcade in Barnsley town centre into a craft beer bar and vinyl record shop.

Barnsley town centre
Barnsley town centre

The former Lily’s Lighting Collection premises, which closed before Christmas, could be turned into a two-storey bar, selling art and records.

Planing documents submitted to Barnsley Council state: 'The ground floor of the premises will primarily be a craft beer bar but we will also have a retail unit for selling vinyl records. The first floor will have extra seating for the bar and a gallery with artwork and prints for sale.

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'Both partners on the application are established (Barnsley based) artists who work internationally and we hope to use the first floor to sell our, and other artists' artwork, prints, cards etc.'

The applicants state that a room on the first floor would be used for art and craft nights, and music events one Saturday night per month.

'We fully intend to get involved in all aspects of Barnsley town centre life, the Tour de Yorkshire, Barnsley Bright Nights and Live in Barnsley,' state the applicants.

'We also want to establish ourselves as an inclusive, safe space. We will be taking part in the Ask Angela campaign. We want our bar to compliment Barnsley Council's drinking plan and Purple Flag status, and our plan is to sell craft beers, gins, ciders, cocktails and wine, and we have sourced a supplier of amazing no/low alcohol beers to add to the range.

'We are not planning a pile it high, sell it cheap establishment, we will not promote excessive drinking with happy hours and drinks offers, or feature sporting events on screen to attract large gatherings, or attach speakers to the outside of the building.'

Under the plans, the premises would also sell tea, coffee and snacks, and open Wednesday to Thursday noon until 10.30pm, Friday noon to midnight, Saturday noon to 1am, and Sunday noon to 9.30pm.