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After a public consultation last year, Barnsley’s Local Plan document was formally submitted to the Secretary of State in December 2016 and is being examined by an independent inspector.

The Plan will guide the future development of the borough up to 2033, setting out how the council will manage the physical development of the borough on behalf of residents and businesses.

The Local Plan includes providing enough land in the right places to attract more businesses into the area and to allow existing businesses to grow – supporting the council’s aim to create more and better jobs to improve earnings and increase opportunities for Barnsley residents. It also sets out ways to provide improved housing to meet existing need and the needs of future generations whilst at the same time protecting what is special about the borough.

More information and key documentation including the Local Plan Publication Draft 2016 and Policies Map can be viewed on the examination website at www.barnsley.gov.uk/local-plan-examination. All submitted documents may be accessed online, free of charge at all libraries in Barnsley. Copies of the key submission documents can be viewed at the Barnsley Central Library in Wellington House, Barnsley, S70 1WA during normal opening hours, Monday to Saturday.