Draft Empty Homes Strategy 2018-2023
The Council has produced a Draft Stategy which was out for consultation from 29 October 2018 until 30 November 2018. The comments that have been received will be reported at the next cabinet meeting where the final strategy will be recomended for Council approval.
The draft strategy can be downloaded here Draft Empty Homes Strategy
Empty Homes can be detrimental to the lives of local residents and communities. Even a single empty home can blight a whole street or community, reducing the values of surrounding properties and causing nuisance to local residents. Empty homes can also attract vandalism, fly-tipping and other criminal activity, ranging from the minor to the extremely serious, but in addition to increasing crime and the fear of crime there is also potential for a wider detrimental impact on the local community. They also represent a risk for the emergency services and put added pressure on various council departments such as Environmental Health.
The benefits of a strategy to deal with empty homes can be identified as social, regenerative, financial and strategic. A strategy can:
- assist in meeting housing need;
- improve housing conditions;
- assist with a reduction in crime and the fear of crime;
- regenerate blighted areas;
- increase Council Tax collection rates and empty home premiums;
- generate additional income through the New Homes Bonus (NHB).
If you have information on an empty home or wish to report one; please email us, or call 0115 981 9911.