The Local Plan Review has been approved at the Full Council meeting held on Thursday, 24 November.
Our Local Plan, adopted by the council in 2019, sets out how we will manage the development of the borough. The report identifies how the Local Plan is fit for purpose and still achieving its objectives; therefore, no full or partial update is proposed.
This is great news for Barnsley. The Local Plan has already achieved and secured significant improvements, including creating major investment and much-needed jobs, regeneration of the town centre and The Glassworks, while The Dearne Valley Wetlands have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The Local Plan is in place to drive investment, create jobs, improve earnings and increase opportunities for local residents. It will also provide improved housing to meet the needs of existing and future generations.
Housing and jobs go hand in hand. We know we need to create 14,000 jobs and have ambitious targets to create more and better jobs for our residents. This means we must also create new, warm, sustainable homes for our residents in the future.
At a time when we are seeing major economic challenges across the country and preparing for the impacts of a recession, it is vital we are driving forward with our plans to attract investment and bring more business to the borough.
The supporting masterplans we have in place mean we can work with developers to manage large-scale developments and protect our borough.
The Local Plan facts:
- 22,400 hectares are covered by green belt, placing us 22 out of 300 authorities in terms of greenbelt land.
- As a result of the existing Local Plan, 77.4% of the borough's total land has some form of protection with the vast majority of this being green belt.
- Development through our Local Plan will only reduce the amount of green belt land by around 2% while driving forward jobs and housing growth.
- We need more people in work if we are to create better futures for our residents.
- Having a sound Local Plan in place is the best form of protection against inappropriate development.
At a time of such uncertainty, we are seeing the positive impacts of the Local Plan in supporting our vision for Barnsley 2030 as the place of possibilities:
- Just this month, we have seen plans for Goldthorpe and employment site ES10 moving forward, and stage 3 of the Property Investment Fund is now underway, creating more jobs for the borough.
- Two major companies have committed to further significant investment to support continued growth. LNS Turbo and SHI International are both seeing their business operations thriving here in Barnsley.
- Winner, a leading UK recruitment specialist, is expanding its business operations, launching a brand-new office in Barnsley, and has played a key role in successful recruitment drives for major local employees, including Evri.
- Last month we had over 500,000 visitors to the town centre, and visitor numbers have recovered brilliantly after the pandemic.
Alongside the review, it is also proposed the council will consult on a new SPD called - Sustainable Construction and Climate Change Adaptation. This will make clear our expectations for developments in terms of sustainability to meet our Zero 40/45 targets. The SPD will have a positive impact on both prevention and adaptation to climate change.
The full report presented to Full Council recommended that the Local Plan therefore continues in its current form, as it drives forward investment and growth and also protects what is special about our borough.