MORE than 1,000 council houses will be brought up to a higher standard after ‘significant’ funding totalling £13.5m was approved by cabinet members this week.

Included in the scheme will be 53 properties in Honeywell, 131 in Kingstone, 332 in Royston, 239 in the town centre area, 187 in Worsbrough Dale, 125 in Hoyland, 96 in Platts Common and 237 in Thurnscoe.

The programme seeks to make sure properties do not fall below the required standard across a number of criteria, and works may include a combination of full or partial kitchen or bathroom replacements, new guttering, doors or windows and heating system improvements.

There will be a further £5.1m in supplemental investments which will include some one-off structural works and major adaptations for those with specific needs.

Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “This is a significant investment in our social housing which will ensure tenants can continue to live comfortably.”