Residents urged to have their say on development sites

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RESIDENTS are wanted to give their views on proposed development sites across Barnsley borough.

Barnsley Council cabinet members are being asked to give their approval on the Development Sites and Places plan document to go out to public consultation.

The document forms part of the Local Development Framework.

It has a statutory planning role and is crucial in making 681 hectares of land available for development in a bid to help the Barnsley economy grow, as set out in the borough’s economic strategy for the next 21 years.

The document sets out proposals, with maps, for different areas and considers the future use and designation of every piece of land within the borough for the next 15 to 20 years.

It contains general and site-specific policies which will be used to make decisions on future planning applications.

The document also highlights 408 hectares of land for possible housing sites. This supports the aim of identifying a range of sites across the borough to develop the right housing mix and quality homes, with the hope of increasing prosperity.

A council spokesman said: “Maps accompanying the document also show the extent of green belt, town centres, safeguarded land, green space, minerals, advanced learning centres, canals and designations relating to the historic environment and biodiversity and geodiversity, among other things.”

A formal consultation period is scheduled to run from late July to the end of September.

During that time, the council will seek the views of the community and all interested parties, as part of this process.

Those views and comments will then be considered before any decisions on future plans are made.