Draft Royston Masterplan proposal approved by Cabinet

Cabinet has supported the proposed draft Masterplan Framework covering land at the MU5 site at Lee Lane on the western edge of Royston.

It has been recommended that the final version of the Masterplan Framework is presented to Full Council for adoption on 29 July 2021.

The decision to allocate the land for development was made when the Local Plan was adopted in January 2019. This followed extensive scrutiny by the Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to assess our plan - a plan which the council must produce to show how housing needs will be met.

The framework does not determine whether or not the site should be developed. Instead, it is a framework that the council will use to help better manage what development takes place.

The Royston Masterplan Framework will support developing a diverse new neighbourhood with a mix of housing types for our residents. It also includes a primary school, supporting infrastructure, community facilities and a small-scale retail facility.  

We understand that this is a significant development, but it is important to understand this will be shaped and managed over at least a ten-year period, and it will be carefully phased.

Getting a Masterplan Framework in place will allow us to set out expectations for developers, making sure they provide an attractive and sustainable housing offer for our residents. This also includes the long-term benefits of a relief road and a primary school as the site develops.

The draft framework considers many factors to make sure we get the best outcomes for the borough and our residents.  

  • Design quality and local character – reflecting the local landscape and nearby nature reserves
  • Housing mix and neighbourhood – a mix of housing types to provide high-quality homes for all
  • Greenspaces – providing outdoor spaces and grow gardens for the community to manage
  • Landscape and open space – parks, landscaped links, trees and play areas
  • Sustainability and carbon reduction - alternative energy usage and minimum carbon consumption
  • Sustainable active travel - active travel links to Royston and the surrounding countryside, including the Trans Pennine Trail
  • Facilities and local hub – a new primary school, with a park and facilities for the community, including small retail space

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council's Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture), said: "We understand this is a significant development as part of the Local Plan; however, we have been honest that we need to develop some areas of the borough. The Royston Masterplan makes sure this site delivers on all aspects of high-quality housing, supporting road networks, school provision, sustainability and green spaces.

"It is very much a long-term development, which will meet the housing needs of our residents. The masterplan consultation for Royston provided feedback to help shape our plans, and we also understand residents' concerns.

"This is not just about providing housing sites - we are working hard to make sure these sites blend into our existing landscapes. New active travel routes will provide attractive, safe and direct links to the site, providing access to local facilities and services, with community green spaces throughout."

You can see full FAQs and watch the online Q and A session with developers online- barnsley/gov.uk/Royston

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