£2m fund to turn empty shops into homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Development, Finance, Housing
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Councils, housing associations and private developers are being urged to sign up for a £2 million pot to bring empty town centre properties in Scotland back into use for affordable housing.
Local government and planning minister Derek Mackay announced the launch of applications for the town centre housing fund during the annual Royal Town Planning Institute conference in Glasgow.
Funding for the scheme was allocated in the 2013 budget and bidders have until 30 October to apply.
In July, the Scottish government welcomed the independent town centre review which details key recommendations for reenergising Scotland’s town centres.
Derek Mackay said: “The Scottish government is determined that our town centres should be vibrant places where local people and visitors alike want to live, work and do business in.
“Many of our town centres have empty properties that are no longer in use and blight out high streets. To tackle this we have developed a town centre housing fund aimed at bringing empty town centre properties back into use for affordable housing.
“This fund will complement on-going town centre regeneration activity. We are now seeking bids for this fund, and I urge all local authorities, housing associations and private developers to consider entering a bid.”