Barnsley Biodiversity Trust.  Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan. Last Updated July 2016

Designated sites. Barnsley’s rich and diverse countryside includes areas of particular importance for wildlife. A good number of sites have important, distinctive and threatened habitats and species.


Certain sites,recognised nationally are given special legal protection. Some have been identified as having local significance.

Pye Flatts Meadow: Granville Danny Clarke FRSA

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Designated sites are often on private land and, as such, there is no right of public access due to their status.

Note on Green Belt.


Designation as Green Belt within a Local Plan may help the environment and incidentally promote biodiversity but this is not its primary purpose which includes:

The origins of the Green Belt are in the Town and Country Planning Act 1947 that allowed local authorities to include green belt proposals in their development plans.


In 1955, Circular 42/55 encouraged local planning authorities to consider the establishment of Green Belt.