Still time to have your say on development brief for Barrow

Have your say

A public consultation on the draft development brief for Barrow’s final Rural Vision 2031 allocation of homes will come to an end next Sunday (October 11).

Responses to the draft brief – for 75 residential units, one hectare of business land and additional parking for Barrow Surgery on land to the east of Barrow Hill – will inform the final document, which could go before full council as early as December.

Richard Clews, associate planner for property consultant Strutt & Parker, said around 50 people had attended its first drop-in session, where most questions had focused on the technical merits of the proposal and the accumulative effect of recent developments.

A second session is due to take place at the village hall from 2.45pm-6.30pm today.

Cllr Graham Judge, chairman of Barrow Parish Council, said the council would not be in a position to comment on the proposal until a planning application had been submitted and the specific details were known.

But Strutt & Parker has been invited to meet with council at the end of the consultation to discuss its findings.

Cllr Judge said: “We promised the village, early in April, that when a formal planning application goes in and we know exactly how many houses and what type and how many are affordable homes we’ll hold a public meeting, organised by the parish council, so we can get, first hand, people’s views and opinions.

“We can’t tell them in advance if we’re in favour or against - it would be inappropriate to indicate a thumbs up or thumbs down to a planning application we haven’t seen.”

The draft brief and supporting material can be viewed at

To submit comments, or for more information, call Mr Clews on 01245 254646 or email