The final few buildings on a street being cleared to make space for a new school in Barnsley are due to be demolished next month.
A new primary school and nursery in Goldthorpe is to be built on a cleared site off the main Doncaster Road/ Main Street area.
In total, the acquisition and demolition of 107 properties will have been completed by the time the new school will open in September 2015.
The existing Goldthorpe Primary School is more than 100 years old and needs about £1.3 million spending on repairs.
Coun Roy Miller, Barnsley Council cabinet spokesman for development, environment and culture, said the school would act as a catalyst for investment in the area.
He said: “An improved school facility for the children in the Dearne is fantastic and the community has waited for a new school for a number of years, since the regeneration funding was cut.
“The school will also raise the confidence of businesses and housing developers in Goldthorpe and will, we hope, make a significant contribution to the future economic prosperity of the area.”
He said the economic renewal of Goldthorpe is a key priority for Barnsley Council.