Barnsley awarded £2.2 million to build new homes

Barnsley Council has been awarded £2.2 million to build up to 440 new homes in Thurnscoe. The money is part of the government’s £866 million investment in local housing projects to get much-needed homes built quicker.

The funding will be used to help complete Phase 3 of the former REEMA estate in Thurnscoe. The estate was demolished as part of the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder Programme in the late 2000s. The original properties were in low demand and made of a non-traditional construction which would have cost a large amount of money to update.

Since 2015 the site has seen the completion of 160 homes and work is due to start on a further 129 houses in the spring. Once completed, the development will hold an additional 440 new two, three and four bedroom houses and bungalows. The homes will be for market sale, with a section dedicated to affordable housing for rent.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “The funding is fantastic news for the Dearne and Barnsley. We are working hard to speed up housing growth across the borough, and this money will help us work towards our goals.

“A wide range of new homes of various types are needed to ensure that our housing offer meets the needs of those who live, or wish to live, in the borough. Over the next 15 years, we aim to deliver over 1,100 new homes each year in Barnsley. This includes homes for sale on the open market, affordable housing and housing to meet the needs of our older and vulnerable communities.”

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