New affordable homes

The affordable housing shortage has received a boost with the completion of 36 new homes across Hoyland, Elsecar and Cudworth.

Local housing provider Guinness Northern Counties has worked with Barnsley Council and other partners to deliver a £3.3m mix of bungalows for over-55s and people with disabilities.

Rosetree Court, Wood View and Arundel View offer a mix of two and three-bedroom bungalows which include seven wheelchair disabled homes and 29 over 55s bungalows.

The properties have been designed to help residents to reduce their energy bills and keep environmental impact to a minimum through the use of Photovoltaic roof panels to generate electricity and gas savers to boost boiler efficiency. Each scheme achieves levels 3 and 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes along with meeting Lifetime Homes standards and Secure By Design accreditation.

Development of the schemes was part funded by Guinness Northern Counties with a total grant funding of almost £3m which was provided by the Homes and Communities Agency.

John Ray, Guinness Northern Counties’ Head of East Region, said: “I am delighted that by working closely with Barnsley Council we have been able to build these much needed homes for the residents of Barnsley. Our contractors, Wates Living Space, Saul Homes and Clayfield Construction, have also done an excellent job of building high quality energy efficient homes which will be economic to heat and which the new residents are delighted with.”