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Green Belt Land Development 'Essential'

Tuesday April 9 2013

Photo by Rebecca Clarke Photo by Rebecca Clarke

GREEN belt land development is 'essential' to Barnsley's future economic growth, a council watchdog has said.

The stark warning comes after a detailed investigation was carried out by Barnsley Council's Economy and Skills Scrutiny Commission.

It looked into ways to improve Barnsley's transport infrastructure and ensure development land is used to best effect across the borough.

Recommendations made by watchdog members follow an earlier inquiry into what is being done to encourage growth in Barnsley's economy.

During the inquiry, members expressed concern about a shortage of suitable development sites within the borough.

Members were told the only sites that could accommodate large clusters of new development, with good connections to the national road network, were within green belt land, which covers 77 per cent of the borough.

The watchdog said unemployment is the biggest challenge facing local people and every effort must be made to attract major new employers to Barnsley.

What do you think about this? Would you be happy to lose some of Barnsley's greenery to boost its ecomomy? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Andy on Tuesday April 9 2013 at 15:46
No green and white belt land and should remain free from building. There hundereds of acres of brown field sites within the borough . exhaust all those first.

Reply Posted by Grim on Tuesday April 9 2013 at 15:48
Agreed Andy.

There are tons of sites unused and tons of units not being leased. Barnsley has no business, no jobs and no shops.
If we let southerners steal our countryside too then we will be as good as dead.

Reply Posted by stevo on Tuesday April 9 2013 at 18:04
There are literally THOUSANDS of acres of brownfield sites not utilised in this town.
Developers come along develop sites and they cannot rent the units because they are TOO expensive.

Reply Posted by Ged on Tuesday April 9 2013 at 18:25
Farmland at a few grand per acre makes for big profits with planning permission but it still leaves us with the brown fields.

And WAB, please use the spell checker - EcoMomy?

Reply Posted by Terry on Monday April 15 2013 at 08:58
If we are so desperate for industrial land why was industrial land at one end of Royston turned into a nature reserve? Followed by a proposal to take green belt at the other end of the village for industrial land. Barnsley Main colliery site is another recent example of industrial land turned into a nature reserve. Come on Barnsley Council credit your voters with at least a little intelligence.

Reply Posted by Brian on Monday April 15 2013 at 13:08
Well said Terry. The old Royston pit site would have been a good site for continued industrial use and yet the council spend circa £6m on creating a so-called country park which very few people use. Not surprising really as the coke works across the road continues to belch out smoke and chemical smells on a regular basis. A scandalous waste of public (our) money. At the other end of the village (the posher part?) they are considering developing an industrial site on green belt/white land.

This is sadly typical of Barnsley Council

Reply Posted by Andy on Tuesday April 16 2013 at 08:27
Grim.. to be honest its got nothing to do with Southerners.. You need to look nearer home. Its the Barnsley Councilors and the Barnsley Council THAT DECIDE. Im sorry but I couldnt bring myself to vote for any of them as theyre all red to the core. If someone with some moral gumption decided to stand up for their own values and rattle their (council) red cages and ivory towers Barnsley might just change. The plan at Darfield is to build low density housing on the playing fields and build a 36 pitch travellers site on the edge near to Doncaster road. This is utter madness. There are loads of other areas which could and should be developed first. I might be more to the right than most of you but im no conservative after what this lot have done. But Barnsley really is on its arse , the town center is absolutley shocking, the land given over to so called natures reserves in the dearne valley is beyond belief. why not build down there. Mavners has loadsod new builds, the Council should look at the area around park springs at grimethorpe first, before ruining a lovely area around Darfield. (rant over)!!

Reply Posted by stevo on Sunday April 21 2013 at 11:07
That's what I cant understand, there are vast swathes land on the former Grimethorpe pit site they could use.
Excellent transport links and EU grants would be made available to any firm that put a "unit" on the land.
The only reason they want to build on green belt is because they get a "grant" for doing so by the Tories.

Reply Posted by Terry on Monday April 22 2013 at 09:15
There is only one reason for the rush to build on green belt land. It can be bought cheap then sold to developers at a huge profit. Much the same reason as we suddenly have so many new schools. The old ones are demolished freeing up land to sell to developers.
If spending money on new gardens around the Town Hall (Town Museum) is to make the town more attractive to new businesses, how does that relate to tearing up beautiful countryside?
I despair when I see what is happening to our town and nothing constructive being done about it.