Have your say on Barnsley West (MU1) consultation

A community consultation exercise to gather views on the draft Barnsley West (MU1) Masterplan Framework is underway.

Barnsley Council is working alongside developers Strata and Sterling Capitol and their representatives to prepare a draft Masterplan Framework for site MU1, land to the south of Barugh Green Road.

The site has already been allocated for development within the adopted Local Plan and can altogether accommodate around 1,700 new homes and 43 hectares of land for employment use.

Alongside housing and employment land, the site can also include:
- A new primary school
- Small shops and community facilities
- Brand-new infrastructure including an access link road
- Open green space with wildlife corridors, watercourses and key pedestrian and cycle links

The draft Masterplan Framework also looks at:
- Local amenities – shops, services and public transport
- Local infrastructure – road network, drainage and utilities and digital infrastructure
- Technical constraints - land stability, biodiversity and heritage
- Design considerations – movement and transport, placemaking principles, green space, recreational facilities, health, sustainability and energy usage

The six-week consultation period began on Thursday 12 September and runs until Thursday 24 October 2019.

The details for the draft Masterplan Framework and consultation are available online at barnsleywest.co.uk.

The final exhibition drop-in event being held as part of the consultation will take place on Thursday 10 October from 3pm to 7pm at St Thomas Community Centre, Church Street, Gawber, S75 2RL.

Feedback received from the consultation will be reviewed and fed into the final Masterplan Framework which will need to be approved by Full Council before adoption. The Masterplan Framework must be approved before planning permission can be granted.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: "MU1 is the largest masterplan area proposed in Barnsley from the Local Plan and it’s important we consider the impact of the potential development through this framework. This includes overall infrastructure requirements such as a new primary school, community use, and environmental enhancements such as accessible public open space.

"I urge anyone with an interest in the area to attend the final drop-in event or complete the online consultation before 5pm on Thursday 24 October. Your views are important to us, and all feedback will be analysed to inform the final masterplan framework."

Further information on the consultation and the Barnsley West (MU1) masterplan area can be found at barnsley.gov.uk/masterplanning.

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