Development management

Development Management is a positive, proactive approach to shaping, considering, determining and delivering development proposals.

For this service you can ‘do it online’: make a payment .

It involves working closely with other council service areas, those proposing developments and other interested parties. It is a more total approach to development with emphasis on pre-application discussion and post decision monitoring as well as planning application processing. Developers and applicants are encouraged to engage in pre-planning application discussions at the earliest possible opportunity, particularly on major developments. 

The Development Management webpages will help you determine if planning permission is required for a development or a change of use, will assist you in submitting your planning application and provide information about the planning process. Please use the links to the right of this page, to access up to date guidance and advice.

Contact Us

If you have any queries or questions please contact us:


Telephone: (01226) 772593

Post: Planning Development Management, Barnsley Council, PO Box 634, S70 9GG.

View Planning Applications Online

To view planning applications online, please access our Planning Explorer.

Submitting an Application

For advice submitting planning applications, validation information or to access planning application forms and fees, please see our Submitting a Planning Application Guide.

We also provide a pre application advice service.

Ordnance Survey maps to support your application, can be purchased online via the Ordnance Survey approved National Maps Centre.

Planning Enforcement

If you wish to report a possible breach of planning control, please click the following link:

Planning Enforcement

Policy Documents

The following documents are avaliable to download, by clicking on the following links:

Barnsley Unitary Development Plan Volume 1

Barnsley Unitary Development Plan Volume 2

Supplementary Planning Guidance

Barnsley LDF Core Strategy Adoption

National Planning Policy and Guidance

Other useful documents/weblinks:

South Yorkshire Residential Design Guide

Building for Life

Manual for Streets

The 'South Yorkshire Residential Design Guide' has been adopted as a best practice guide and will be used to help appraise the quality of new housing proposals. The guide provides both urban and highway design guidance (including technical standards) for applicants, agents, developers and designers. The guide seeks to promote well designed, sustainable housing development.

Development Management Service Standards

Barnsley Council endeavours to deal with all enquiries and planning applications promptly and efficiently. Please click the following link to access the Development Management Service Standards:

Statement of Service Standards 

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