WORK is progressing on nine new energy-efficient council houses which will include all-electric heating, solar panels and batteries to store as much energy from the sun as possible.
The new homes in Goldthorpe which are a mix of bungalows and houses will be built to the council’s energy-efficient specification.
This includes electric air source heat pumps providing heat and hot water, and solar panels and batteries to take advantage of renewable energy.
The council has secured more than £23.1million investment to regenerate, renew and revitalise Goldthorpe, Thurnscoe and Bolton-upon-Dearne through the government’s Towns Fund.
Part of this includes a new town square at the heart of Goldthorpe which provides a more prominent location for the market.
A new area of public green space within the development will link to the adjacent terraced streets where further Towns Fund investment is planned to improve the local area.
Coun Robert Frost, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “We’re investing in our principal towns and local centres right across the borough, and this investment in high-quality housing is excellent news for Goldthorpe.
“It supports our wider plans to regenerate, renew and revitalise Goldthorpe, Thurnscoe and Bolton through Towns Fund investment, and it will provide high-quality housing to families who need it.
“I’m delighted we’re able to build these houses with such great attention to energy efficiency.
“This helps make sure tenants minimise their energy bills, while also helping us work towards our goal for a more sustainable Barnsley.
“It’s another step on our journey to a net-zero carbon Barnsley by 2045.”