Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (Barnsley Council) is responsible for deciding whether development should go ahead in the Borough.
We must produce a Local Plan which sets out a range of allocations to meet the development needs of the Borough together with planning policies which are used to help us determine planning applications. The Barnsley Local Plan was adopted by the Council on 3 January 2019 and is used alongside neighbourhood plans.
What is a neighbourhood plan?
Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans (commonly called Neighbourhood Plans).
Neighbourhood plans are used, together with the Local Plan, to help us determine planning applications. These plans can't block development that is already part of the Local Plan, but they can shape where that development will go and what it will look like.
About the Cawthorne neighbourhood plan and referendum
Cawthorne Parish Council has produced a neighbourhood plan that has been subject to several rounds of consultation. An independent examiner has reviewed the plan, and the comments made, to check whether it meets a number of legal requirements and whether any modifications are required.
The examiner has recommended that, subject to modifications, the plan does meet the legal requirements and should proceed to referendum.
About the referendum
We have decided to accept the recommendation from the examiner to submit the Cawthorne neighbourhood plan to referendum. All those registered to vote within the neighbourhood area are entitled to vote in the referendum.
If more than half of those voting have voted in favour of the neighbourhood plan, we must make (adopt) the plan and use it to help determine planning applications in the neighbourhood area.
The referendum will ask ‘Do you want Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Cawthorne to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
When is the referendum?
The referendum will be held on Thursday 10 June 2021.
When and where can I vote?
You can vote between 7am and 10pm on 10 June 2021 in the polling station at the Parish Room, Church Street, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4HP.
The description of persons entitled to vote are as follows: NA 0001 - 1021.
How do I register to vote?
Applications to register to vote must have reached the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Tuesday 25 May 2021.
Voting by post
If you wanted to vote by post, any applications, amendments or cancellations must have reached the Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA by 5pm on Wednesday 26 May 2021.
Voting by proxy
Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA by 5pm on Wednesday 2 June 2021.
Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on the grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA by 5pm on Thursday 10 June 2021.
The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 2 June 2021. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on
Wednesday 2 June 2021.