Work on new retirement village in Barnsley could be underway by next Spring

A new retirement village could be under construction in Barnsley as early as next Spring, if planners give it the go-ahead.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 11:11 am

The Hawshaw Bank scheme in Hoyland is the outcome of a joint enterprise by several organisations and would see 40 one bedroomed homes created for sale or rent.

But they would stand aside from conventional old folks homes by offering the security of a gated development, with wi-fi access, built in low energy and eco friendly fittings as well as double-height living spaces.

Residents would also benefit from a village hall, communal gardens and allotment space, as well as safety and security features.

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Computer impression of the proposed Hawshaw Bank retirement village in Hoyland, Barnsley

The scheme has resulted from a partnership called Sky-Lark, involving Sheffield architectural practice CODA Studios, alongside Broadfield Holdings, Crossbow Investments, Knight Knox and Alcove.

The Hoyland scheme would be the first for Sky-Lark, with prices starting at £99,000, though units will also be available for rent.

Crossbow chief executive David Cross said: “Sky-Lark is a new housing initiative by CODA aimed at providing retirement homes in the communities that need them most.

”These compact villages will allow communities to right size, down size and remain in their homes for longer.

“We have also partnered with Tech Care providers and this will allow care packages over the years starting from low touch to physical care on site.”

A second site has already been identified in Rotherham, with Sky-Lark expecting to develop up to 20 sites in the next three years, mainly in former mining communities.

“We aim to deliver 15 to 20 sites over the next three years predominantly in former mining communities,” he said.

“More homeowners want to downsize but can’t find the right property and yet less than one per cent of UK new build is now bungalows.

“Our research has demonstrated very clearly the need for this style of high quality but affordable development in a market that is ready for expansion.”