Government funding granted to tackle empty homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
Six Town Housing (STH) and Bury Council have successfully bid for government funding to tackle the borough's empty homes problem.
Various estates across Bury have properties that are left vacant, leading in some cases to houses falling into disrepair and becoming a problem for neighbours.
STH has purchased empty properties in Prestwich and Radcliffe that fit certain criteria such as having been empty for two or more years.
The housing association is currently refurbishing the properties to let as affordable homes.
All alterations will be made before the end of March and have been made possible after a successful bid for around £20,000 per property (£80 total) was made via the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.
Paul Webb, Manager of Sustainability and Investment at Six Town Housing, said: “It seems such a waste when there is a high demand for affordable homes, whilst some properties are left empty and can sometimes become a bit of an eyesore. Securing the funding to carry out this project is a great step forward and will make a big difference to the estates affected. We are hoping to continue the good work over the next three years across Bury.”