A PLAN to build around 25,000 homes in Barnsley has been unveiled.

Barnsley Council's 20-year strategy includes the aim of building around 200 affordable homes a year and increasing the supply of private rented homes by a quarter.

The scheme - which is available to view here - states that housing growth is important to ensure a sustainable and thriving housing market that supports Barnsley’s economy.

It suggests that 20,000 to 25,000 new homes will need building between now and 2033.

The authority also wants to see some 300 empty houses brought back into use.

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman for place, said: "Our aim will be to increase the supply and choice of housing sites so that a five-year supply of ready to develop sites can be maintained throughout the period covered by the Local Plan."

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