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Property transformed after sitting empty for 15 years

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

Property transformed after sitting empty for 15 years Property transformed after sitting empty for 15 years

A Stockport property that lay empty for 15 years has been transformed into a new home for a family in need.

ALMO Stockport Homes took on the vacant home as part of a government initiative to tackle empty properties. So far the landlord has purchased and repaired 17 vacant units across the borough, whilst funding for a further seven homes has been secured through the 'empty to plenty' scheme.

The renovation of the latest property was carried out by B4Box Construction in conjunction with Stockport Homes Repair 1st.

B4Box, a social enterprise that aims to get local people into real jobs, specialises in training and revitalising local workforces, ensuring workless residents are trained, qualified and employed while at the same time bringing properties that blight communities back in to use.

Aileen McDonnell, chief executive of B4Box, said: "It is really important that young people get into real work and training for their futures. This collaboration has helped 15 Stockport residents into work and we plan to do more… that's on top of creating much-needed new homes!"

The property on Stockport Road in Cheadle, Stockport has been fully refurbished with a new kitchen and bathroom fitted as well as new windows, a full re-wiring and a new heating system.

Cllr Sue Derbyshire, leader of Stockport Council, said: “Stockport Council is proud to be involved in this excellent initiative.

“Empty properties brought back into use in this way provide much-needed affordable homes for families on the borough’s waiting list while improving young people’s skills and aspirations in the local area.”

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