Research and evidence is an important part of local planning.
Annual monitoring reports
These reports look at how much development is taking place in Barnsley and the impact of it. They also set out how we're performing against targets, some of which are set by Government.
Council strategies and best practice documents
|Barnsley's Green Space Strategy||This was updated in 2016 and sets out our overall strategy for green space and the standards we want to achieve.|
|Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan||Our first Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) for the borough in 2002. This was in partnership with Barnsley Biodiversity Trust. The BAP was reviewed and reissued by the Barnsley Biodiversity Trust (2009).|
|South Yorkshire Residential Design Guide||This has been adopted as a best practice guide for South Yorkshire councils on well designed and sustainable housing developments of more than 10 units. We use it to help appraise the quality of new housing proposals. It provides both urban and highway design guidance (including technical standards) for applicants, agents, developers and designers.|
|Barnsley Building Heights Study||We've adopted this study and the strategy it puts forward as council policy for development in Barnsley town centre. It provides guidance on the appropriate height for developments and indicates where taller development will be appropriate. It also provides design criteria for controlling the quality, height and massing of taller developments.|
|Public Realm Strategy||The Barnsley Town Centre Public Spaces Strategy has been adopted to guide the design, development and enhancement of public spaces in the town centre. The strategy provides clear guidance and context for public spaces development and improvement and highlights key opportunities for public spaces investment. The strategy includes a palette of surface materials and street furniture and design briefs for priority and gateway sites. You can see copies of the documents in the Central Library on Wellington Street, or by contacting us.|
Town centre and retail
These reports provide an analysis of capacity in the town centre, the shopping areas, the boundaries of the town centre and the catchment area.
District and local centres
|Smaller Centres Study Addendum
Report (May 2011)
|Smaller Centres Study
Volume 1: Main Report (November 2010)