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New Homes Could Be Built On Former School Site

Thursday August 15 2013


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ABOUT 100 new homes could be built on the former Willowgarth High School site - after outline planning permission was agreed by Barnsley Council.

The council's planning board were also shown indicative drawings of what the development could look like.

This included two-storey and two-and-a-half-storey dwellings. Members were told the council would request 15 per cent of the homes were available as affordable housing.


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Reply Posted by AHR on Thursday August 15 2013 at 14:58
15% Should be 100 %.

Reply Posted by sarah on Thursday August 15 2013 at 15:18
what does half a storey mean, they cant be bothered to put a roof on.

Reply Posted by Fred on Thursday August 15 2013 at 23:12
The contract has been given to Haslam Homes - and a two-and-a-half-storey house is 2 floors with a loft conversion (the half storey)

Reply Posted by stuckinthemiddle on Thursday August 15 2013 at 15:53
We need more affordable housing options across the borough. Especially in this economy. First time buyers can't access the housing market. We all spend dead money on high rents with no option to do otherwise - DO the council have a clear direction? can't progress while those who will prosper in the borough are trapped and beat down.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Thursday August 15 2013 at 16:27
15% "Affordable Housing" ?

So the houses will be £50,000 a pop then if they are affordable?

Err NOPE!

They will be £100K for a shoebox with no garden

Really makes me laugh the "affordable housing" ploy,
Developer to BMBC -
15% of the properties will be "affordable housing" to enable Barnsley People to get on the property ladder.

BMBC to Developer - Ooh excellent go ahead and build what you want then.

Bear in mind that in these austere and times of Zero Hours contracts, who on earth could actually afford "affordable housing" at a cost of £100k, not to mention that the average salary in Barnsley is between £14 - £17/18k.

That is not to mention the actual "cost" price of building said "affordable housing" which would equate to £30k

Who will buy these "new" properties when they come up for sale you ask?
People from outside the area who will move into a cheaper part of Yorkshire and commute back to their jobs in Leeds / Sheffield / Wakefield.

Do the maths, it doesn't add up yet again does it.

Reply Posted by Fred on Thursday August 15 2013 at 23:16
Haslam Homes are building the houses - and they make a certain number of the houses only available to local residents on low wages at a discounted price.

However there are conditions to this -- IE, you are not allowed the rent the house out, you must be a 1st time buyer and use the house as your main residence ... also when you come to sell the house you can not sell it at market value - it has to be sold at 70% of market value.


The rest of the houses are usually sold off to people that rent the houses out - so the estates become a large run down council estate

Reply Posted by archi on Thursday August 15 2013 at 17:28
Would it be cynical of me to think the only reason bmbc is ever interested in building houses is for the extra tax income..

Reply Posted by spen on Thursday August 15 2013 at 23:52
Houses yet again, we know wats guna appear as soon as sumets bin knockd down, thinkin bout more money all time... Think they want to start thinkin bout kids n buildin sumet proper n useful. Chiffin nowt 4 kids yet agen

Reply Posted by spen on Thursday August 15 2013 at 23:53
Its 100% GREED

Reply Posted by sarah on Friday August 16 2013 at 17:16
thanks Fred sounds daft to me probably why we live in a 1908 house that has proper sized floors and didnt cost a bomb and agree with the point they just get bought by outsiders and rented out to lord knows what. I live opposite a Ben Bailey estate and more than half are rented out because most of the buyers are from leeds and dont want to live in barnsley.

Reply Posted by Paul on Saturday August 17 2013 at 23:37
All true ...but elections next year ,
Vote for local people ,, get labour out