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Watchdog Has Its Say On Barnsley's Development Land

Wednesday April 24 2013


Town Hall Town Hall


BARNSLEY'S desperate need for more development land should not come at the expense of the environment, a council watchdog has said.

According to the Economy and Skills Scrutiny Commission, its recent investigation into the council’s new development plans heard that available office accommodation has halved over the last year - and that almost one million square feet of industrial space has been snapped up.

This has left the borough with an acute shortage, particularly of the large units major new employers would be looking for.

However, members were told that 77 per cent of the borough was classed as green belt, meaning all of Barnsley’s existing infrastructure was squeezed into the remaining 23%.

As a result, only 137 hectares of reusable brownfield land had been identified for possible future development.

The watchdog has considered its findings and will submit its recommendations to the council next week, and although they acknowledged that some green belt would have to be built on in future in order to attract major new employers and secure extra jobs, they're seeking reassurance that this would be kept to a minimum.

Cllr Richard Wraith, said: "It's an unavoidable fact that major new development is needed in Barnsley in order to bring in the thousands of jobs we need over the next few years, and there's simply not enough room left within our existing development borders.

"However, green belt is very important to local people and rightly so, and development in these areas must be very carefully planned. We need a future for Barnsley that is sustainable and that means new jobs have to be found - but they must not come at the expense of our environmental heritage."

Green belt vs development potential - what do you think? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday April 24 2013 at 10:16
Could never understand why the old Barrow colliery and coking plant has never been used. All the power sources are still there and one would believe the drains and water supplies would only require tapping back into.???

Reply Posted by stevo on Wednesday April 24 2013 at 16:01
If they can get a decent employer in that pays decent wages and sets employees on directly then wouldn't we all be prepared to give up a little green belt land?
Has to be said though that that there are dozens of hectares on the old Grimey colliery and surrounding areas with good roads and transport links so why not utilise them first?

Reply Posted by mick on Thursday May 2 2013 at 14:23
Well said !

Reply Posted by Grim on Wednesday April 24 2013 at 17:33
They cannot build on such sites due to toxins in the sub soil etc plus subsidence and the like.

So they want to rape the greenbelt and spoil that lot as well.

Notice the new building of houses at Goldthorpe, Brierley, Dodworth and so on all on greenbelt sites. I bet it wont happen at Cawthorn or Silkstone though.

Reply Posted by Jack on Wednesday April 24 2013 at 23:06
Why not use that half started building near Morrisons that's been just frame for years? Or the old Gala bingo? Plenty of room there for offices.

Reply Posted by stevo on Sunday April 28 2013 at 10:18
The building that's a frame - The developer shelved the project as the ones in gateway plaza hadn't all sold or let (even now) he has decided to wait while the time is right to finish them. A tall order at the moment!


Reply Posted by mr august on Wednesday May 1 2013 at 20:07
why not use all the empty houses and all the unsold ones there must be 20 good usable houses for sale and empty ware i am... crazy.....