Affordable rented homes plan revealed for village

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Affordable rented housing is to be built in a South Yorkshire village through a £7.3 million housing association scheme.

Barnsley Council will provide the land at Aldham House Lane, Wombwell, to enable the development of 25 two and three bed houses, as part of a consortium led by South Yorkshire Housing Association.

Coun Alan Gardiner, the council’s cabinet spokesperson for services, said: “This was a vacant site that we’re bringing back into use, helping to grow the economy by creating new jobs and housing for local people.

“We’re pleased with the £7.3m funding that the scheme has attracted from the Homes and Communities Agency. We’re very happy to support this, and the funding from South Yorkshire Housing Association, by providing the land as our contribution.”

The scheme was one of the first 45 projects announced under the Build to Rent project, which will encourage the construction of up to 10,000 new private rented homes in Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield.

The Build to Rent scheme involves all three councils and aims to boost local employment as well as relieve a shortage of family homes.