Oxspring is a small but growing village community of under 500 households nestling in the eastern foothills of the Pennines a short journey from Barnsley and the M1. Sheffield, Wakefield, Leeds and Manchester are all within a 30 miles radius.
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This is a response from the Oxspring Parish Council to the document posted to residents in early December and an article in the local press just before Christmas. Please take the time to read it and support the Neighbourhood Plan proposals.
The Penistone edition of the Barnsley Chronicle published on 23rd December 2015 carried the headline on its front page "Developer Declares War". The developer referred to is Yorkshire Land Ltd, a property development company based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The headline, written by the Chronicle’s journalist, together with his accompanying article, highlights criticisms of the Oxspring Parish Council and the preparation of its Neighbourhood Plan by YLL. The same company recently hand delivered a document to residents of Oxspring entitled “What Oxspring Parish Council Has Failed To Tell You”, which contained a five page letter, a map and a two page enclosure. This comes on top of an earlier document sent to residents in April 2015 by Yorkshire Land Ltd concerning a proposed development by them on green belt land adjacent to Oxspring playing fields. There has also been “An Open Letter to Residents of Oxspring from Yorkshire Land Ltd” which was published on their website www.oxspring-fields.co.uk on 25th November 2015, plus innumerable letters, emails and, to date, four Freedom of Information Requests to the Oxspring Parish Council.
For the past three years the Parish Council of Oxspring has been involved in drawing up a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the village. This arose because in the summer of 2012 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC), as part of its Local Development Framework Consultation, published a document called Development Sites and Places, the purpose of which was to consider the future use of all land within the borough and show potential allocations and designations on proposals maps. The Development Sites and Placesdocument had stated that up to 111 executive homes could be built on two sites identified north and south of Roughbirchworth Lane, currently agricultural land. Oxspring Parish Council held a number of public meetings and subsequently opted to begin the process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for Oxspring. Residents were concerned that the number of new houses being suggested for Oxspring was unsustainable and that some of the sites were in the Green Belt. The intention of the Neighbourhood Plan was to have a say in the future development of the village and, hopefully, to limit the size and scale of any future development. A Steering Group and three sub-committees were set up from residents within the village.
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Update February 2014:
The Oxspring Neighbourhood Plan Group now has a dedicated website.
Please view http://oxspringplan.org.uk/ for all the latest news, minutes of meetings and updates on the Neighbourhood Plan's progress.
Don't forget we are always looking for interesting articles for the newsletter, so if you feel that there are items you would like to appear in the next issue and feel they would be of interest to the residents of Oxspring then please contact the Clerk.