Local Authority Support For Community Led Empty Homes Projects
The Empty Homes Community Grants Programme resulted in c£45m being made available, between 2012-15, to over 100 community based organisations across England, many of which were based in Yorkshire & Humberside and in the Northwest.
During the course of the Programme, and subsequently, a number of local authorities have played an important part in supporting the work of these organisations. This event looks at current and future possibilities for securing support from, and working with, local authorities, against the backdrop of the Legacy Research into the impact of the EHCGP, being undertaken by Prof David Mullins and his team at Birmingham University.
Dublin landowners who allow buildings and sites to fall into dereliction face compulsory purchase of their property under a Dublin City Council crackdown on derelict sites.
Council chief executive Owen Keegan said the council has been “too deferential” to property owners and “unduly tolerant” of sites which are a blight on the city.
The council needs to take a more proactive approach to buildings and sites which are being allowed to run down and remain undeveloped, sometimes for years, in the city centre, he said.
ADDRESSES of empty properties in the Royal Borough and the home addresses of the people who own them have been shared online by the council.
The council provided the information of more than 500 homes and their owners to a property management company in response to a freedom of information request, which can now be viewed online.
Dr Moshe Hanlon found out his relative's information had been shared when they received a letter from the company in regards to their home in the Clewer Hill Road area of Windsor.
London has more than 22,000 homes that have been empty for at least six months and are considered to be "long-term vacant", The Guardian has reported.
The Guardian requested information on empty homes from London councils under the Freedom of Information Act. According to the data collected by the Guardian, 8,561 homes have been empty for over two years and 1,100 have been empty for over a decade.
The number of homes that are actually empty could be higher than what was reflected in the data as there is neither an obligation on homeowners to report empty homes nor an obligation on local authorities to keep a register. Additionally, this data does not include data from Bromley or Westminster Council.
A “cache” of 22,000 empty London homes (Report, 22 February) reinforces the case for a different solution to the housing crisis – the intensification of the use of space. As the author of Stone Age Economics, Marshall Sahlins, tells us, there are two ways to be wealthy – to own a lot or to need very little. Mechanisms are needed to bring all empty buildings, residential and commercial, back into use – converting from commercial to residential for the social good, rather than to feed the investment market in housing. And home-based work needs to be supported across the social spectrum. Leaving homes empty during the working day, and workplaces empty out of hours in the evening and at the weekend, is wasteful. BT reduced the size of its overall property portfolio by 50% through its flexible working policies, including 13,000-plus home-based employees, who are reported to be happier, healthier and more productive than their office-based colleagues. Developers, architects, financiers and politicians insist we need to build hundreds of thousands of new homes a year – but they would, wouldn’t they?
Dr Frances Holliss
Workhome Project, London Metropolitan University
Seven Welsh councils with holiday home hotspots are considering increasing council tax on second homes.
Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Anglesey, Conwy, Powys, Carmarthenshire and Gwynedd are exploring new powers to charge up to 100% extra.
The Welsh Local Government Association said it meant second homes could make a "fair contribution" to the community.
The Empty Homes Network have an agreed date for the 2016 National Empty Homes Conference of Tuesday, 24th May, 2016.
The Conference will be held at Maple House in Birmingham - the same venue we've used for the last four years.
Campaigners want to see empty and run-down properties regenerated to help meet the housing crisis.
New analysis shows vacant properties are concentrated in the North of England, in areas which have lower than average house prices, and higher levels of deprivation.
Jayne McCubbin reports.
The Big Issue’s Fill ’Em Up campaign about empty buildings is reaching further in 2016 – here’s how you can play your part
The Big Issue started our campaign to Fill ’Em Up last year as the scandal of houses and useful buildings lying empty across the UK became increasingly apparent. We asked you to come to us with your ideas for buildings that could be brought back into use, and you responded in droves. We’ve been featuring your ideas in our regular updates in the magazine and online.
In some of the most disadvantaged postcodes in Leeds and Hull, and in some of the areas targeted by Labour’s failed Pathfinder project, are hundreds of empty houses. They pockmark streets, symbols of communities forgotten and left behind as capital and economic activity shrinks towards the south-east.