The purpose of this website is to present, in an open and transparent manner, the documentation which has been submitted to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC) by Yorkshire Land Limited (YLL) to date, detailing its proposals to enable the delivery of a comprehensive Transport Interchange and ancillary facilities on land in its ownership adjacent to Penistone Railway Station.
YLL is a privately owned development company, active for almost 30 years and instrumental in the delivery of a range of projects within the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough during this time. The Company has a track record of delivery and has brought tens of millions of pounds of investment into the Borough.
BMBC has failed to support provision of a Transport Interchange at the site as part of its emerging Local Plan (which when adopted will provide Local Planning Policy for the future development of Barnsley up to the year 2033) despite the documented need and support for such. As a result, the land in YLL’s ownership adjacent to Penistone Railway Station, which would be required for the delivery of a Transport Interchange, is recognised simply as Urban Fabric within the Local Plan and this coupled with the fact that it is situated in a highly sustainable location adjoining public transport in Penistone means that any proposals for housing development at the site would be in accordance with BMBC Planning policy and therefore entirely acceptable.
YLL’s report ‘A Timeline of Events Regarding the Need and Desire for a Strategic Transport Interchange on Land adjacent to Penistone Railway Station’ which is available on the documentation page of this website, was compiled during December 2016 and documents all evidence highlighting the need and desire for the delivery of a Transport Interchange and YLL’s strenuous efforts to enable its provision as part of the company’s comprehensive proposals which seek the allocation by BMBC in its Local Plan of two housing sites at Halifax Road (A629) Penistone and Sheffield Road (B6462) Oxspring, which YLL control and together can viably ensure delivery of the land and significant funding required to develop the Transport Interchange. The two housing developments will also deliver further benefits, including much needed affordable homes.
The Local Plan identifies that Barnsley’s housing needs and aspirations cannot be achieved without the need to release land from the Green Belt and BMBC have proposed to remove YLL’s Penistone site from the Green Belt for housing development as part of the Local Plan. Unfortunately however, YLL’s site in Oxspring (known as Oxspring Fields) is not currently proposed to be removed from the Green Belt. Comprehensive details regarding the Oxspring Fields site can be obtained by visiting the dedicated website via the link which is provided at the bottom of this page.
All of the documentation on this website has now been provided to the Government’s Minister in the Department for Transport, Mr Andrew Jones MP, considering that the Government are keen to support public transport and infrastructure improvements alongside new housing development.
We hope you find the information informative and if you do support our proposals for delivery of new facilities at Penistone Railway Station, please write to your local Councillor and/or Member of Parliament, who should then contact Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council to make known support for their delivery.
Thank you for taking your time to read this correspondence.