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New Affordable Homes Set For Darfield And Athersley

Thursday February 28 2013

CABINET members have approved the disposal of two council-owned sites so that 59 affordable homes can be created.

Increasing the supply of affordable housing remains a top priority for the council, and the two additional sites have been identified at George Street in Darfield, and Sheerien Close in Athersley.

Negotiations have started with Yorkshire Housing Association, with a view to acquiring and developing the sites.

The two sites will provide 59 new affordable homes which will all be for rent.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, said: “Bringing forward these two sites will go some way towards redressing the current imbalance between the supply and demand for affordable housing which currently exists in Barnsley.”

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Reply Posted by Jane Ward on Thursday February 28 2013 at 12:01
Affordable housing ?? really , one must question whether or not any roof over our heads is affordable. A neighbour recently gained full time employment after being unemployed for a long while and discovered that whilst working on a minimum wage being a single person with no dependants he didnt qualify for any help towards the cost of his council home and as a result due to falling into arrears decided to give up his tenancy and move back in with his parents . . . in conclusion NO there's no such thing as affordable rents !

Reply Posted by stevo on Thursday February 28 2013 at 18:38
There is no such thing as "affordable housing" ,house prices have skyrocketed wheras workers salaries have fallen in real terms.
What is "affordable"?
Average Barnsley house prices based on a two bed terrace is between £85k - £100k,(DEPENDING ON AREA ) and a mortgage on £100k is £750 a month (estimated) ,minimum wage worker would earn £990 a month BEFORE TAX.
So therefore a house priced at £100k is NOT affordable housing to a MW worker.
Renting a property in Barnsley - £100 a week minimum (based on a 2 bed terrace),based on a MW workers salary,then renting a property for a worker on MW would be preferable.
The MW worker would not be able to save up for a deposit for his own property as deposits are now 30% - 30% of 100k is £30,000.
How on earth would a MW worker save £30,000?

The only "affordable" housing would be housing that is provided at "cost" from the developer,but whilst ever i have a hole in my backside this is NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN!

Reply Posted by Alan on Saturday March 2 2013 at 14:23
Affordable that's a laugh, my rents gone up over 20% over the last 3 years, should have bought it under the right to buy scheme. I would now be in a position to apply for a Council Bungalow and sell my home to the private sector.

Reply Posted by jobie01 on Sunday March 3 2013 at 15:47
Affordable housing for who though. Mmm arent 2 more countries to join the EU somektime soon. Interesting...im neither racist or pregudice but we have to address the motives behind a interest in housing we most of us cant afford

Reply Posted by greenginger on Monday March 4 2013 at 09:35
I see so many empty houses that I cannot for the life of me see the need for so many new so called affordable homes. There is a need for affordable social housing but new homes are not affordable for private buyers. Plus social housing patently needs to be made up of 1 and 2 bedroom properties maybe apartments. Then there would be no need for all the messy uncared for large gardens that seem to be attached to council homes.