Final stages of approval for Barnsley's Local Plan

Barnsley Council has received the inspector’s Final Report confirming that the new Local Plan is sound. Members will consider adoption of this final plan at a Full Council meeting on Thursday 3 January 2019.

The Local Plan considers the future use of all land within the borough up to the year 2033. It will be used when considering planning applications and its adoption will provide clarity to businesses, residents and our partners.

The plan has undergone rigorous public examination lasting almost two years. During this time there have been four stages of hearings and two sets of public consultation. Throughout the examination, the independent Planning Inspector has recommended some significant modifications, which are now incorporated into the plan.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We’re extremely pleased that the Inspector’s Final Report has been issued, confirming that our Local Plan is sound. The plan is designed to provide enough land in the right places to attract more businesses into our area, while also allowing existing businesses to grow. It supports our aim to create more and better jobs, improving earnings and increasing opportunities for our residents. It also aims to provide better housing to meet existing and future needs, while protecting what is special about our borough.

"We want to thank everybody who's been involved during the examination. A special thank you needs to go to the dedicated residents who have given up their own time to make their views heard against those that wanted higher levels of growth. 

“We understand some residents will be disappointed at this outcome, but it does endorse our long-held position that a review of Green Belt boundaries for the first time since 2000 was unavoidable.  With the plan covering the period to 2033, the three-quarters of the borough to remain in the Green Belt will benefit from strong protection.”

The final plan is now available to view on Barnsley council’s website.

All relevant documents including consultations, examination and research reports can be viewed online.

This news is linked to Town Spirit. Town Spirit shows what we can all do to take ownership in making Barnsley a better place to live, work, invest and visit. Have pride in your community and work together to make the whole borough thrive.

We’re committed to #BuildIt and #Developit by making sure that we make the most of the land available to meet our residents’ needs alongside growing Barnsley’s economy. #OwnIt by living in and investing in our beautiful borough.

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