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 Local Plan, the Joint Waste Plan and the Oxspring Neighbourhood development plan.

Following the adoption of the Local Plan on 3 January 2019 we've produced new and updated supplementary planning documents which include advice and guidance to help people making planning applications. The first set of 18 documents was adopted by the council on 23 May 2019. We're currently working on additional documents.

Barnsley’s Local Plan includes some site allocations which require the production of a Masterplan Framework.  The individual 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 and 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.

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 emerging 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, and make sure you have all the relevant documents listed in the 'what you need' tab.

Please read the statements below, and only continue with this application if you're able to confirm both of them.

  • I am enquiring about a property or site in the Barnsley borough. 
  • I am requesting this service for myself, or on behalf of someone who has given me their permission.

Advice given by us for planning policy enquiries does not constitute a formal response and does not 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 on our privacy page

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

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 out the online form, although you can't upload more than 25MB of files.

If your application is larger than 25MB please save them to a CD (note: we cannot accept .EXE or ZIP files in any format) or submit them on paper, and post them to us at the address below.

If you don't have access to a scanner to upload your supporting documents, or if your files are too large you can drop them at one of our offices or send them to: Barnsley Council, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG.

When you fill out this online form you should indicate that your documents have been submitted separately on the supporting documents screen.

When you hand in the documents you should clearly mark them with your case reference number (provided at the end of the online form) and the name of the service (Planning and Environment).

How to pay

We charge £60 (including VAT) an hour for this service. Meetings usually last about an hour, and you need to pay for this hour via our online application form before we can set up a meeting.

Any additional time will be invoiced separately at £60 (including VAT) an hour. We have to charge you for a full hour even if you only use part of the hour (eg if your meeting lasts one hour and 20 minutes you’ll be charged for one extra hour).

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.