A referendum on the Penistone Neighbourhood Development Plan will be held on Thursday 11 July 2019.
Barnsley Council is responsible for deciding whether development should go ahead in the borough. We have to 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 decide planning applications. Our Local Plan was adopted on 3 January 2019.
Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011 to 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 decide planning applications. Neighbourhood Plans can't block development that is already part of the Local Plan. What they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like.
Penistone Town 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. Barnsley Council has decided to accept the recommendation and to submit the Penistone Neighbourhood Plan to referendum. All those registered to vote within the neighbourhood area are entitled to vote in the referendum.
The referendum will ask:
- Do you want Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council to use the Penistone Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the Penistone Neighbourhood Area?
If more than half of those voting vote in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan, we must make (adopt) the plan and use it to help determine planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area.
You can find out more information on the referendum in the following documents: