Planning direction issued to protect West Wood

Barnsley Council has issued a planning direction covering West Wood at Tankersley where clay pigeon shooting and off-road motorcycling activities had been taking place.

West Wood, in the south of the borough, is a designated Local Wildlife Site. An Article 4 Direction of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) order has been made to protect the woodland to prevent temporary activities and uses from being allowed in the future.

Under planning rules, activities such as clay pigeon shooting and off-road motorcycling can take place for up to 28 days a year without the need for planning permission. The direction takes effect after 12 months, which means that while activities will be allowed for 28 days next year, nothing will be permitted after this time without planning permission.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We're committed to protecting what is special about our beautiful borough. Wildlife sites such as the one at West Wood are incredibly important to Barnsley’s biodiversity and we will do anything we can to help safeguard them.

The decision was made to issue an Article 4 Direction to prevent further harm to the woodland and protect residents in surrounding areas. Once activity has stopped, natural regeneration will be able to start and felled trees will need to be replaced.

“The landowner has co-operated with us since we served a stop notice earlier in the year, and we look forward to a similar response once the direction takes effect.”

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