Planning policy

To make sure we maintain the development and growth of Barnsley, we produce long term plans and strategies for our area.

Barnsley’s development plan   

Barnsley’s statutory development plan consists of the following:

Following the adoption of the Local Plan on 3 January 2019 we produced new and updated supplementary planning documents (SPD). These documents include advice and guidance to help people make planning applications. We initially adopted 18 of the following documents on 23 May 2019 and a further eight on 28 November 2019. The affordable housing and sustainable travel SPDs have since been updated. These updated documents were adopted on 28 July 2022. 

We’re currently seeking views on proposed amendments. This is to update the existing design of housing development SPD document and clarify some issues to improve its implementation. Find out about the design of housing development SPD consultation.

Barnsley’s Local Plan includes some site allocations which require the production of a masterplan framework. The site policies explain why a masterplan framework is needed.

Contact us using our online form if you need a paper copy of any of our plans, policies or strategies. There's a charge for this to cover our costs.

Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning was introduced in the government's Localism Act. It allows local communities to lead on development or development projects in their areas.

Brownfield land register

We have a duty to prepare and maintain a brownfield land register. The register will provide an up-to-date, publicly available standard set of information on brownfield land that is suitable for housing.

Statement of community involvement (SCI)

This sets out how we will engage people in the preparation of planning policy documents and in planning application decisions. Read the statement of community involvement (SCI) 

Planning policy advice

We offer specialist advice meetings on planning policy. We can provide advice about national policy, the current statutory development plan and the Local Plan. 

If you're considering a development and your property or site is in the Barnsley borough you can apply for this service online below. The meetings take place at our offices in Barnsley town centre and we charge a fee to cover our costs.

Before you begin

Please read the 'how to pay' tab for information about charges for this service. Make sure you have all the relevant documents listed in the 'what you need' tab.

We need to make sure you’re eligible for this service. Please read the statements below and only continue with your application if you're able to confirm both of them:

  • you're enquiring about a property or site in the Barnsley borough; and 
  • you're requesting this service for yourself, or on behalf of someone who has given you their permission.

Advice given by us for planning policy enquiries does not constitute a formal response. It also doesn't prejudice the council on any future decisions on planning applications or the Local Plan process.

We'll only use personal information for the services we provide to you. You can find more in our privacy policy

What you need

If your query is about a particular site or area of land you should send us a plan of it showing the relevant area. If you don’t provide enough relevant information to make your query clear your application may be delayed. The plan will be used to help identify relevant planning policies, so it doesn’t need to be very detailed.

You can upload copies of your plans while you’re filling in the online form. You can't upload plans that are larger than 25MB file size. If your application is larger than 25MB please do the following:

  • Save them to a CD. Please note, if you save them to a CD we cannot accept .exe or zip files in any format.
  • Submit them on paper and drop them at one of our offices
  • Send them to Barnsley Council, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG. 

Please indicate that your documents have been submitted separately if you don't upload them as part of your application. You should clearly mark them with your site address and the name of our service (Planning and Environment).

How to pay

We charge per hour for this service. Meetings usually last about an hour and the first hour needs to be paid for via the online application form. This must be done before a meeting can be arranged.

Any additional time will be invoiced separately per hour or part-hour. For example, if the meeting lasts one hour and 20 minutes, we'll invoice for a full additional hour.

All fees include VAT. If you need a VAT receipt you'll need to provide an email address in your application. 

Fees per hour/part-hour

Residential developments

  • Five dwellings or fewer: £180
  • Six to 19 dwellings: £600
  • 20 dwellings or more: £1200

Non-residential developments

  • 499 square metres or less of additional floor space: £240
  • 500 to 4,999 square metres of additional floor space: £600
  • 5000 square metres or more of additional floor space: £1200

Other developments not within the above categories

  • £120 for each 0.1 hectares (or part thereof) of site area

This includes any applications other than building works. For example, outline applications, plant and machinery, county matters (minerals or waste), car parks, service roads or other accesses, oil or natural gas.

What happens next

Once we’ve received your online application, payment and plan (if required) we'll contact you within 10 working days to arrange a meeting.