Plan to tackle Preston's empty homes

Empty homes will be brought back into use
Empty homes will be brought back into use

A £400k scheme aimed at tackling Preston’s empty homes problem could receive approval from council bosses next week.

Funding for the project will be provided from cash received from housing developers.

Aimed at bringing long-term empty properties back into use to boost affordable housing stocks, the scheme will be delivered by the city’s Community Gateway Association (CGA).

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Recent figures published by the Post last month showed there are almost 1,000 empty properties around Preston, part of 7,500 across the country.

And reducing the number of empty units is identified as a priority in the city leadership’s Achieving Preston’s Priorities policy masterplan.

However, the new scheme is initially only expected to make a relatively small impact on the city’s wider problem.

According to a town hall report, the CGA will be expected to provide 13 refurbished properties in the first year of the project.

The CGA was one of two bidders for the contract, it adds.

Cabinet members will vote on the Empty Homes Project at a meeting of the local authority leadership next week.

A “steering group” made up of housing, planning, financial, legal and environmental health officers will identify which “properties to tackle”.

A CGA spokesman previous told the Post: “We are aware that long-standing empty properties can attract anti-social behaviour, therefore by letting these homes we help to regenerate and improve our estates.”