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An examination of Barnsley’s Local Plan, which sets out how the council will develop the local area on behalf of residents and businesses, is due to commence in May.

The Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on Friday 23 December 2016 and will now be examined by an independent Inspector, Sarah Housden, BA (Hons) BPI MRTPI, with hearings taking place at The Core, County Way, S70 2JW.

The Local Plan aims to provide enough land in the right places to attract more businesses to 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 the existing need and the needs of future generations whilst at the same time protecting what is special about the borough. The Plan is now at ‘Examination in Public Stage’, to determine whether it is sound.

The examination will be conducted in two stages.  The first set of hearing sessions will take place on Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18, then Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 May. The second stage hearing sessions will take place from Tuesday 11 to Friday 28 July.  Both sets of hearings will start at 10am. Further detail about the examination process will be made available on the Local Plan examination website at www.barnsley.gov.uk/local-plan-examination along with relevant documentation.

The website will be updated throughout the examination process and can be accessed free of charge at all libraries in Barnsley.