Housing Boost for Stockport families.
Published by JeffMcM for Equity Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities
Empty properties are being brought back into use in Stockport to provide much-needed homes for local families.
Stockport Council, working with Equity Housing and Stockport Homes, aim to bring 26 long term empty properties back into use over the next three years.
Earlier this year the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) made £100m available nationally to reduce the number of empty homes. Around £5m was allocated to Greater Manchester councils.
In Stockport, the Council identifies long term empty properties and contacts the owners. If the property meets the scheme requirements, the Council liaises with Stockport Homes and Equity Housing who work with the owners to arrange a free valuation and building survey with a view to purchase the property if both parties wish to proceed.
Stockport’s first two acquisitions are on Chelmsford Road in Edgeley - empty for two years - for Equity Housing, and Peover Walk in Cheadle - empty for three years - for Stockport Homes. When the keys are handed over, they will be some of the first empty properties brought back into use accessing the HCA funding in Greater Manchester. Other empty properties across the borough are also nearing completion.
Councillor Mark Weldon, Executive Member for Supporting Communities, said: “This scheme provides a great opportunity for empty property owners struggling to sell their homes in the current climate, and sends out a strong message from the Council and its partners that we are determined to get empty properties back into use. The properties will provide much needed homes for families struggling to find affordable accommodation.”
Mark Hudson, Director of Technical Services from Stockport Homes commented: “This is the first of many empty properties we’ll be bringing back into use over the next three years. The scheme will not only help property owners struggling to sell their properties, but people in housing need. It will also improve the appearance of our neighbourhoods.”
David Fisher, Chief Executive from Equity Group added: “This is great news for those in urgent need of decent affordable homes and for the area as a whole. Bringing empty homes back into use will not only improve the appearance of neighbourhoods and provide a boost to the local economy, it will also help to develop and sustain strong communities.”
The scheme runs for three years. Owners with empty properties they think may be suitable are asked to phone the Council on 474 4181 or email email@example.com To report an empty property phone 217 6013, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log onto www.stockport.gov.uk and report it via the “Report it” pages.
For properties falling outside the scope of the scheme, an Empty Property Investor List tries to match potential buyers or developers looking to purchase properties in Stockport with owners looking to sell. For more information about the list, phone 474 4181 or email email@example.com