The Government published its “Build Back Better” Plan for Growth in March 2021.

It sets out the Government’s aim to drive growth to level up the whole of the UK. The proposed development will contribute towards this aim by providing a substantial number of new homes, helping the Government to reach it’s target of 300,000 homes per year, as well as creating a significant number of new long-term employment opportunities in Barnsley.
 
The proposed development will incorporate strategic areas of greenspace and wildlife corridors. Areas of natural open space are important to both existing residents and people moving to Barnsley, especially in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Research shows that use of parks and public green spaces has increased and that nature has supported people’s health and well-being during lockdowns.
 
As the development of Barnsley West progresses there will be a number of social, economic and environmental benefits. 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.
 

Once fully developed the site deliver:

 
1,760 new high quality homes to boost the Borough’s housing numbers 1.2 million sqft of innovative employment floorspace A new primary school for up to 420 children
On site affordable homes to help residents access new homes on low incomes   New jobs throughout the development with potential for training and apprenticeship opportunities Economic benefits including business rates paid by the employment floorspace estimated in the region of £2million and additional Council Tax payments in the region of £3.3million.
A new link road through the site, which will also improve traffic congestion on existing road networks within the area New landscape planting and bio-diversity enhancements. Encourages sustainable movement by providing a network of upgraded and improved pedestrian and cycle routes through the scheme for health and well-being An energy efficient development to contribute towards targets for achieving zero net carbon