NEW 'affordable' homes have been built across Barnsley as part of a £3.3 million scheme to offer more homes for those aged over 55 and people with disabilities.

Housing provider Guinness Northern Counties developed 36 homes in Hoyland, Elsecar and Cudworth which include a mix of two and three-bedroom bungalows, seven wheelchair disabled homes and 29 over 55’s bungalows. The properties have been designed to help residents to reduce their energy bills and keep environmental impact to a minimum through the use of Photovoltaic roof panels to generate electricity and gas savers to boost boiler efficiency. Work is also underway on a further 13 homes at Oak Close in Barnsley. The scheme is set to complete in May 2012 and will provide homes for sale and rent. Coun Tim Cheetham, spokesman Barnsley Council, said: “This is really good news for Barnsley and people across the borough. The schemes have provided quality energy efficient bungalows for disabled people and the over 55’s.”