On November 10th 2014, BMBC published the Consultation Draft Local Plan for the borough. This Draft Local Plan has returned back to policies more closely aligned to the Unitary Development Plan of December 2000 & the Core Strategy adopted in 2011 for the Oxspring Area. In summary, such policies endorse that large housing developments should take place in towns such as Penistone & Barnsley & not in rural areas & settlements west of the borough, such as Oxspring which do not have the infrastructure & services to enable sustainable growth. This of course provides a new focus and new opportunities for the evolving Oxspring Neighbourhood Plan, to be completed by the summer of 2015.
Over the summer months further work has been completed to gather evidence which will back the Neighbourhood Plan vision & the evolving proposals & policies. Work has also involved ongoing discussions & consultation with local landowners, local businesses, and key stakeholders including members of Oxspring School Governing body & service providers within the local authority.
Once the Neighbourhood Plan Draft Policies & proposals are completed, January 2015 will see the next key stage of consultations with residents. This stage will allow all residents & other local participants to comment on the trajectory of the Neighbourhood Plan draft policies.
Key dates for your dairy are as follows:
Community Drop-In discussion & exhibition of proposals:
- Day time – Saturday 24th January from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm St. Aidan’s Hall
- Evening – Thursday 29th January from 7:00pm to 9:30 pm at St. Aidan’s Hall
- A Household Questionnaire Survey will be available from January 31st to February 14th on this website