PLANS have been submitted to Barnsley Council for a ‘ground-breaking’ new approach to retirement living in Hoyland.

Hawshaw Bank is the first project from Sky-Lark, a new initiative created by the architects at Sheffield-based CODA Studios in association with Broadfield Holdings, Crossbow Investments, Knight Knox and Alcove.

Their debut development, submitted to Barnsley Council, will feature a selection of 40 one-bedroom homes, with double height living spaces and eco-friendly features.

According to the plans, the gated development will also include communal gardens and allotments, a village hall and a host of security features.

“We aim to deliver 15 to 20 sites over the next three years, predominantly in former mining communities,” said Crossbow chief executive David Cross.

“More than a million homeowners want to downsize but can’t find the right property and yet less than one per cent of UK newbuilds are 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.

Subject to planning approval, work is expected to begin on site in spring 2020.