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Major Housing Plan Unveiled

Thursday August 14 2014




A PLAN to build around 25,000 homes in Barnsley has been unveiled.

Barnsley Council's 20-year strategy includes the aim of building around 200 affordable homes a year and increasing the supply of private rented homes by a quarter.

The scheme - which is available to view here - states that housing growth is important to ensure a sustainable and thriving housing market that supports Barnsley’s economy.

It suggests that 20,000 to 25,000 new homes will need building between now and 2033.

The authority also wants to see some 300 empty houses brought back into use.

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman for place, said: "Our aim will be to increase the supply and choice of housing sites so that a five-year supply of ready to develop sites can be maintained throughout the period covered by the Local Plan."

What do you think to this? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by STEVEO on Thursday August 14 2014 at 14:15
I have just read through the entire "strategy" and in a nutshell BMBC actually tell us that they want our town to become a "commuter town" for people that work in Leeds and Sheffield.

I have NEVER heard as much crap in my entire life!

25,000 HOUSES, where do you think these houses are going to go Mr Houghton and "calamity" Miller?
Where are the jobs to facilitate these "necessary" houses Houghton and Miller?

NO MORE HOUSES BUILT ON GREEN BELT AND MORE JOBS IS WHAT THE TOWN NEEDS!

Yet another near sighted "policy" from the buffoons at BMBC!

Reply Posted by Cal on Friday August 15 2014 at 13:14
Steveo, more people living in the area brings in more companies, more shops and with that more jobs.

The locations of these houses are ideal and as a Town Barnsley has a lot of green belt land to use.

Reply Posted by AHR on Thursday August 14 2014 at 17:08
Private rented , Affordable give me strength !, we need proper social housing that can be rented out at a reasonable price.

Reply Posted by tinker on Thursday August 14 2014 at 23:38
Great news, plenty of space around Dodworth and Silkstone. Great news about the unemployment figures coming down so much.

Reply Posted by rate payer on Friday August 15 2014 at 11:18
Barnsley council have produced a document (not released for public viewing yet). That lists all council assets. Buildings, land etc. In this list are you're public areas. Some of these are green space. A lot of these assets will be auction off in the coming years. Football fields, play areas included. Its s win win situation for the council. Sell land, no maintenance costs, less council workers but not this doesn't mean less admin. Most people won't know or care about this until it affects the. Private, council housing coming to a field near you !!!!!!

Reply Posted by rate payer on Friday August 15 2014 at 11:18
Barnsley council have produced a document (not released for public viewing yet). That lists all council assets. Buildings, land etc. In this list are you're public areas. Some of these are green space. A lot of these assets will be auction off in the coming years. Football fields, play areas included. Its s win win situation for the council. Sell land, no maintenance costs, less council workers but not this doesn't mean less admin. Most people won't know or care about this until it affects the. Private, council housing coming to a field near you !!!!!!

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday August 17 2014 at 10:46
Yes and Houghton will be giving it the old "we have to sell our assets to balance the books because the Tories have cut our funding" chestnut.

We have heard it all before and we will see it again, tis akin to Labour selling off our gold reserves at a lower than market price value is it not?

Reply Posted by timmy on Friday August 15 2014 at 11:52
were not helping our economy if were building on farmers fields which they are, in thurnscoe (i know its rotherham councile but its just an example) 5000 acres of farm land has been bought to build houses. eventualy all of britons food will come from eslwhere. how will this country support itself especialy with a fast growing population!!

Reply Posted by uma on Saturday August 16 2014 at 18:32
Agree with Steveo we have loads of sites across Barnsley that can be built on without vandalising Green Belt land. Once the beautiful green belt land as gone where are we going to go and chill? New houses built for people working in Leeds/Sheffield will not necessarily bring income into Barnsleys economy people usually spend and dine out of area as many of their social circle will live near where they work. So lets build on reclaimed land or unused derelict industrial sites we have many of them dotted around Barnsley! We need new businesses along with lower business rates to stimulate our local economy and better infrastructure to speed travel transport up.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday August 17 2014 at 10:44
Absolutely SPOT ON uma, there are vast hectares of "brown field" sites that are ripe for development but the buffoons @ BMBC ignore these sites and build on our precious green belt.
It is obvious that they are getting some sort of "pay off" or higher funding from the Tories for allowing housing development on green belt land.
Don't know if anyone is aware but the Tories changed planning policy to "allow" easier building on green belt land.

I also wonder how many of these proposed green belt sites will be developed by Strata Homes as they seem to be able to build anywhere they damn well like.

Conspiracy theory? Or the cold hard truth?

It will all come out in the wash in the end.

Reply Posted by Jase on Monday August 18 2014 at 22:26
Barnsley is not attractive for commuters to Sheffield and Leeds as it has nothing to offer. The town centre is a disgrace and the only people that seem to be moving into Barnsley are even more low paid and unemployed.

Reply Posted by Observer on Wednesday August 20 2014 at 06:51
Inagree with you steveo
Has no one had a thought on who will be havjng these properties. Will it be local people. Ethnic eauropeans? Or local ethnic eauropeans? Dont you think ots a bit strange? I do.



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