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Alsop's Barnsley halo to be built

Barnsley Council has put Will Alsop's controversial plan to bathe the Yorkshire town in a halo of light out to tender, according to a top official.

The council's planning policy group leader, Jerry Youle, confirmed that a feasibility study for the plan has been completed and a contract was likely to be issued imminently.

The scheme - which in its original form was thought by many to be impractical - will be taken ahead, albeit in a much more conservative fashion than was originally intended.

Youle added that a system of laser and lights would be used to illuminate the sky above the city centre at Christmas, in a style similar to that already seen around London's Oxford Street.

However, he added that the council would have to navigate through a minefield of public consultation in order not to affect local residents through light pollution.

Youle concluded: 'It's likely to be something switched on for a few hours at a time.'

by Rob Sharp

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