South Yorkshire is leading the way in ensuring new build homes are ready for the future.

Over 17,000 new build homes and businesses sites across the region are benefitting from next-generation gigabit-capable digital infrastructure thanks to planning conditions put in place by Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield councils.

Having access to fast and reliable broadband is more important than ever before with people working from home, streaming in 4K on multiple devices and accessing cloud storage seamlessly.  

Fast and reliable broadband can make a significant difference to the lives of those who can access it.

Superfast South Yorkshire are consultees for the four South Yorkshire local authorities and ensure appropriate broadband infrastructure is installed on all new developments.

The decision to place planning conditions to ensure gigabit-capable infrastructure is installed in new developments across the region has meant that residents and businesses are able to take advantage of the fastest available broadband. By setting the standards higher across the region it is ensuring homes and businesses are set for the future.

Fast and reliable broadband is one of the most important factors taken into account when people are looking to buy homes and set up businesses. According to a government report, the availability of fast and reliable broadband can add up to £3,500 to the value of a property.

Earlier this year the UK government announced a consultation to change the Building Regulations 2010 to ensure all future new build residential homes are fitted with gigabit-capable infrastructure. This is a welcomed proposal by the South Yorkshire local authorities and supports the work already taking place across the region.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us how important digital connectivity is and how much of modern-day life depends on it.

“SFSY pro-actively ensure that new development sites in South Yorkshire are built with gigabit-capable full-fibre broadband as standard, which is great news for the future residents and businesses and avoids the costly retro-fitting of gigabit-capable full-fibre at a later date.”

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