Conservative Group Housing Spokesman – Cllr. Garry Peltzer Dunn – has welcomed the news that the Government is to allocate a further half a million pounds to Brighton & Hove City Council to bring empty private sector housing back into use.
The latest allocation brings the total amount of funding from the Government’s Homes & Communities Agency to tackle the blight of empty properties in Brighton & Hove to Ł1.2 million this year. The funding is used to refurbish long-term empty properties which are then leased back to the Council for 5 or 10 years and used as temporary accommodation for residents in severe housing need. It is hoped that the money will help to bring 71 empty properties back into use in this way over the next two years.
Cllr. Peltzer Dunn said: “There is nothing more aggravating than seeing perfectly good homes lying empty and in Brighton & Hove we have more than our fair share of them. In addition, we have a serious housing shortage and little land available to build new properties, so getting these empty homes back into circulation is vital. I am delighted that the Government has recognised this and allocated us a significant sum of money. The Council’s empty property team has an excellent track record in getting homes back into use and I am confident that they will make good use of this new funding.”
Notes for editors:
Details of the Homes & Communities Agency funding allocations can be found here.
For further information please contact Cllr. Peltzer Dunn on 07747763011
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