Major investment in housing stock recommended for approval

Investments of more than £13m in the council’s housing stock to ensure homes are maintained to a decent standard are recommended for approval by Barnsley Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 24 March.

The council first met the Decent Homes Standard for all of its stock in December 2010, having delivered a £300m programme between 2004 and 2010 to achieve this. Since then, Berneslai Homes has implemented and managed the Barnsley Homes Standard programme in order to maintain the social rented housing stock at the Decency Standard.

If approved by Cabinet, the Barnsley Homes Standard Programme and Supplementary Investment Programme will see £13.5m invested across 1,400 properties.

The works include 53 properties in Honeywell, 131 in Kingstone, 332 in Royston, 239 in the town centre area, 187 in Worsbrough Dale, 125 in Hoyland, 96 in Platts Common, and 237 in Thurnscoe.

The programme seeks to make sure properties do not fall below the required standard across a number of criteria, and works may include a combination of full or partial kitchen or bathroom replacements, new guttering new doors or windows and heating system improvements.

There will be a further £5.1m in supplemental investments which will include some one-off structural works, major adaptions for those with specific needs, and refurbishment and rewiring works at community centres.

In addition, a separate report will request approval to seek a contractor to install sprinkler systems at three blocks of flats and four independent living schemes across Barnsley.

These are Albion House, Buckley House and Britannia House off Sheffield road, as well as Heather Court at Bolton on Dearne, Glebe Court at Tankersley, Woodhall Flats at Darfield, and Willowcroft at Bolton on Dearne.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “We hope the addition of sprinklers to these particular developments will help tenants feel even safer in their homes, while satisfying requirements for building assurance certification from the new Health and Safety Regulator, once it is introduced.

“I’m pleased to recommend significant investment in our social housing which will ensure tenants can continue to live comfortably, and that our housing stock is maintained and protected for many years to come.”

Berneslai Homes Chief Executive Amanda Garrard said: “This investment will be great news and will ensure that we continue to invest in homes through our Barnsley Homes Standard Programme and maintain them to a decent standard for our tenants.”

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