Welcome

Here you will find information about our work to prepare the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Silkstone and Silkstone Common. This includes our latest thoughts on what the plan should include, as well as the supporting information and documents we have referred to.

The Silkstone NDP gives residents a one-in-a-generation chance to make their voices heard on planning issues.  An adopted NDP has statutory effect - it becomes planning for our Parish. A video explaining the importance of the NDP is available on the Parish Council's YouTube channel.

Latest News

Informal Consultation now closed

Published: 23 May 21

Informal consultation on the Issues & Options closed on 17th May 2021 Read More...

May drop-in sessions announced

Published: 26 Apr 21

Outdoor drop-in sessions announced for 8th and 9th May 2021 Read More...

Zoom sessions cancelled

Published: 4 Apr 21

Zoom drop-in sessions cancelled - Outdoors session planned for May! Read More...

Changes to drop-in sessions

Published: 17 Mar 21

Changes announced to the drop-in sessions in April Read More...

New Video Launched

Published: 16 Mar 21

A short video explaining the NDP process has been launched today Read More...

Special Parish Newsletter

Published: 1 Mar 21

A Special Parish Newsletter summarising the Issues & Options for the NDP will be delivered shortly Read More...

Issues and Options Paper

Published: 10 Feb 21

The paper on Issues & Options for the NDP is now available Read More...

What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?

The idea of NDPs is that they give local people a greater say in planning decisions that affect their area. Barnsley Council already has a Local Plan and other documents with policies to guide the development of the borough. The NDP complements those documents with the policies at the neighbourhood level and is designed to reflect the needs and priorities of the local community. Unlike earlier documents produced by the Parish Council, the policies in the NDP must be considered when Barnsley Council takes decisions on planning applications.

NDPs can identify where development should take place, set out local design principles so that buildings respond positively to local character, and protect important facilities, historic buildings, the natural environment, and open spaces. However, the NDP cannot contradict policies in other statutory planning documents, both for Barnsley and nationally, so we must consider these as we prepare the NDP policies.