Cash to bring empty houses back into use

Homes and Communities Agency logo.
Homes and Communities Agency logo.

NEARLY 100 empty properties can be brought back to life following a £700,000 cash boost for the borough.

The funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) means that the additional unused homes will be made available over the next three years for people on Doncaster Council’s housing waiting list.

The council was successful in securing the grant from the £70 million Empty Homes funding pot which will help refurbish 87 properties.

The project is aimed at renovating homes that have been stood empty for at least six months.

Coun Ray Mullis, cabinet member for housing, said: “This is excellent news for Doncaster and is recognition of the work Doncaster and its partners have been doing to tackle empty properties for the last two years.

“It will be a significant contribution to our ongoing programme of creating more affordable housing in the borough and will build on our nationally recognised best practice work on tackling empty homes in our neighbourhoods.

“Bringing empty homes back into use not only increases the amount of housing available, it also helps to tackle the challenges posed by empty properties and ultimately is about investing in our neighbourhoods and creating places that people want to live in.”

The authority was successful in securing the investment along with 94 other housing providers in England.

Pat Ritchie, chief executive of HCA, said: “The high level of interest we received by providers bidding to participate in this programme demonstrates just how important an issue it is.”