In June 2015 the parish of Penistone was successfully designated as a ‘Neighbourhood Area’ following a request by Penistone Town Council.  Following that designation, the Town Council then voted unanimously to proceed with a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).

At a meeting on the 3rd November 2015 the Town Council voted to appoint ‘Ruralis’ as their preferred Planning Consultant to assist the Town Council in drawing up the NDP.  Ruralis will draw up a project plan and assist the Town Council in the various stages of grant application, public consultation, expert assessments (if necessary), draft plan publication & consultation, submission to an independent examiner and final plan publication.  It is expected that the final NDP will be published sometime in 2017”.