A £5.7 million housing scheme is under construction in the Athersley South area of Barnsley in south Yorkshire.
The new development on Catherine’s Walk will provide 54 new homes aimed at older people and families and is said to be Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association’s (LYHA) largest newbuild scheme for many years.
Once completed, in Autumn 2019, it will provide 54 homes for families and older people in an area said to be in acute housing need. The development, which is claimed will provide affordable homes, is part-funded by a £2 million Homes England grant, and consists of 40 houses, eight apartments and six bungalows.
Five of the homes will be available for shared ownership and the remainder for rent.
The honour of breaking the first earth at the site went to Mike Gaskell, chair of LYHA’s board, and Joanna Chambers, its head of home and growth (main picture).
Joining them for the groundbreaking ceremony were Councillor Robert Frost, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s cabinet support member for place; Nathan Brough, regional director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division; and Richard Panter. from Homes England.
The development will be built by south Yorkshire based construction company, Engie and will take approximately fifteen months to complete. It is situated in the middle of an existing housing estate, next to South Athersley Primary School.
LYHA said it is paying a contribution to the school as part of the planning approval and has been involving local school children in the project already.
“We have asked the children to come up with names for the new streets which have now been suggested to Barnsley Council. They have also been busy creating lots of fantastic ‘Danger – Keep Out’ signs to go up around the perimeter fencing,” said LYHA’s Chambers.
“On a wider note I am delighted to see work commence on site and very excited to see the homes take shape. Leeds based architects, Acanthus WSM, have created a very attractively designed scheme with interesting elevational treatments to create a stand out development and I’m sure the new homes will prove very popular.”
ENGIE’s Nathan Brough said: “After a lot of work in the planning stage, we can now start on site and help turn our partners’ exciting vision into reality. These new homes will provide a significant boost to Barnsley by helping to meet the borough’s housing needs, as well as create employment and training opportunities for local people.”
Councillor Frost said: “It’s fantastic to see this development underway. Barnsley Council has ambitious plans for future housing in the borough and by working in partnership with Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association we are able deliver the highest quality, affordable homes. This is a major development in an area where additional housing is much needed.”