Public Consultation

Introducing the Barnsley West Masterplan Framework for public consultation.

The Barnsley West Masterplan Framework area is located 2km west of Barnsley town centre, on land between the communities of Gawber, Higham, Pogmoor, Redbrook and Barugh Green and immediately north-east of Junction 37 of the M1 motorway. The Masterplan Framework area contains open fields, which were previously an open-cast mine and later refilled.

What is the Masterplan Framework?

The council’s Local Plan was adopted in January 2019. When the Local Plan was being examined, it was agreed that for some of the larger, strategic sites it was necessary to prepare masterplan frameworks to ensure that sites could be developed in a comprehensive manner, taking into account all of the infrastructure requirements. Looking at large allocations in this way, rather than on a site-by-site basis, makes sure the site achieves its full potential and can secure sustainable and inclusive growth, reflecting each of the council’s corporate priorities. The Masterplan Framework is a strategic document that sits beneath the Local Plan and will inform future planning applications.

As part of the Masterplan Framework, residents and stakeholders need to be provided with the opportunity to feedback on the draft plans and main themes. This feedback will then be reviewed and fed into the final Masterplan Framework. The final Masterplan Framework will need to be approved by the Full Council before determining any planning applications for the development of the site.

Download the Masterplan Framework

Planning Policy summary

The site is allocated for development within the Barnsley Local Plan, adopted in January 2019 under Local Plan reference MU1. The plan proposes a mixed-use development to provide around 1,700 new homes and 43 hectares of employment land. The plan also includes:
  • A new primary school
  • Small shops and community facilities
  • Brand-new infrastructure, including an access link road
  • Open green space with wildlife corridors, watercourses and key pedestrian and cycle paths

Land ownership

A large part of the site is controlled by Strata Homes and Sterling Capitol PLC.  The rest of the site is within private ownership.

Vision for the Draft Barnsley West Masterplan Framework

To create a prosperous and sustainable community, combining high-quality new homes with new jobs, new facilities and open space, available to new and existing residents. It will become known as Barnsley West.

Barnsley has a growing need for housing and employment space. Barnsley West will play an important role in realising that requirement over the next 15 years.

The site is well-located to provide a high-quality, sustainable, mixed-use community. Health and well-being is at the heart of this masterplan, as a landscape-led development. Barnsley West will create an accessible landscape for walking, cycling, growing food and biodiversity.

The employment area is located to the south of the site, with easy access to the M1 motorway, at Junction 37. It will also protect the new homes from any impact of the motorway. The residential areas are situated within a rich landscape, all with accessible open green space. Links will be provided to the neighbouring communities by pedestrian and cycle paths.

Download Illustrative Masterplan

Opportunities and constraints

There is a significant amount of technical work that is currently shaping the draft Masterplan Framework, this work is ongoing and will help guide the final version. The ground conditions of the site have been affected by previous open-cast mining, so there are areas where development is restricted. This gives the opportunity to create attractive open green spaces across the site.

The site has an existing network of rights of way and footpaths. These will be retained to create accessible pedestrian and cycle paths throughout the site. Key areas of woodland, watercourses and hedgerows have been identified and these will be maintained or improved to create a high-quality and sustainable green environment. The development will also provide sustainable drainage systems which are environmentally friendly ways of dealing with surface water.

Extensive ecological and archaeological studies have identified no issues which restrict the development. Habitats for existing wildlife will be improved in the open space areas. There will also be opportunities to grow food, with allotments and fruit trees on site.

The proposed employment development will be provided in the southern half of the site, close to Junction 37 of the M1 motorway, providing an easy route to the motorway network and away from existing and proposed homes. The proposed homes will be located in the central and northern parts of the site, providing good connections into surrounding areas. The proposed school and community facilities will be located within this area, which will aim to become a community hub for the site and wider area. 

  • Opportunities




Access and transport

A new road will lead into the site, with new roundabouts at Barugh Green Road in the north and Higham Lane / High Common Road in the south, connected by a new link road. The road has been carefully designed so it has local character and includes pedestrian crossings. It will also help to reduce traffic congestion and take heavy lorries away from existing communities and along the link road. 

The road has been located closer to the western side of the development to make sure that the slopes along the road are not too steep, working around the existing constraints on the site. 

It is proposed to close Hermit Lane to traffic but the pedestrian and cycle paths will link existing and new communities, facilities and the open space areas.



The draft landscape masterplan will make sure wide areas of formal and informal open space are provided, including opportunities for community orchards, allotments and play areas. The drainage constraints will allow water features to be included throughout the landscaped areas.

The link road will have trees planted alongside it to create rural landscaped access through the site. Carefully-planned pedestrian and cycle paths, located safely away from the link road, will create a sustainable and attractive transport network through the site helping to reduce air pollution.

The proposals will create a new community with infrastructure and environments, providing health and well-being opportunities throughout the site.