Empty houses targeted with council scheme


Efforts are being put in motion to fill empty houses in Shropshire, as we see the beginning of a three year strategy .

Officials in Shropshire are seeking to gather the views and opinions of local residents, stakeholders and business owners so that they can create a strategy that works to get properties filled.

The Empty Homes Strategy for 2014 to 2017 is in response to statistics that found 3.5% of homes in Shropshire were standing empty, which means 4,600 empty homes are registered as empty across the region.

A spokesman for the council said: “It is anticipated that the employment of this strategy will help to build and develop the level of skill and expertise needed to effectively bring empty properties back into use, using a linked approach throughout the council and other organisations.”

This move highlights that there are empty homes throughout the country, with a reported 710,000 standing empty in 2012 nationwide.

The Help to Buy scheme is connected, in a lot of cases, to new builds in order to get the building market working, making sales on new houses easier. However, there already seems to be a wealth of empty homes across the UK.

These new strategies could see new schemes become available directed at moving people into old houses. This is one of the limitations that was seen by the New Build scheme, that only new buildings were available.

With the amount of people across the country struggling to get onto the property ladder, hopefully movements like these to get the empty houses filled will prove effective go a long way to helping people out.

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