MORE than 200 council houses will be included in a £1.2m replacement heating scheme, according to a report to be discussed by Barnsley Council’s ruling cabinet this week.

Berneslai Homes is seeking approval for the project, which will involve houses in Wombwell, New Lodge and Cudworth, to modernise the existing heating pipework which has reached the end of its 30-year life expectancy.

In Wombwell, 80 houses on Aldham Farm and Hudson Haven will receive work in 2019/20 while in New Lodge, 92 houses on Marston Crescent will be modernised in 2020/21 before 53 houses on Rose Tree Court, Cudworth, complete the project in 2021/22.

The report said: “The total estimated capital costs for works of the project total £1,252,000.

“It makes considerable sense to replace the underground heating distribution pipework. New pre-insulated systems have extremely low heat loss.

“The hot water supplied from the heat source to buildings can maintain the supply temperature, ensuring a high level of energy efficiency ensuring environmental, economic and social benefits for the business and customers.”