Angela Smith MP

Penistone & Stocksbridge

Angela responds to the latest Barnsley Housing Proposals

Local Penistone MP Angela Smith has today (08/03/2018) responded to Barnsley Council’s latest proposals to build thousands of new houses in the Borough.

While she recognises the need to build new homes, she is concerned that these latest proposals will have undue negative effects on the many villages in the west of the borough.

Disagreeing with the planning inspector, the MP argues that the previous inclusion in earlier drafts of the plan of several safeguarded land sites demonstrated ably that the local authority has planned for potential future expansion of rural villages, whilst recognising that such expansion would be inappropriate at this time. To reverse that decision, she believes, would be wrong.

In her response the MP also raised concerns about the methodology used by the inspectors, which seems to assume all the proposed sites will have a significant positive effect. Instead, she argues that the sites present serious issues with regard to loss of agricultural land and the extent to which they will change the character of the villages themselves.

Commenting, on the new plans Angela says;

“These latest plans, recommended by the government inspector, in my view could substantially change some of the smaller villages in the west of the borough with many of the smaller recommended sites only contributing a marginal positive beneficial effect at the cost of changing the character of these communities forever.

I’m now asking Barnsley planners and the inspector to think again on many of these sites. The previous plan made much more sense in recognising there is a need for housing, but not at the expense of completely changing the character of some of the smaller villages around the west of the borough”.

 

See Angela’s full submission to the Barnsley Development plan at

  http://angelasmith-mp.org.uk/index.php/news-from-angela/165-barnsley-local-plan-response

 

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