£9m Burnley home renovation plan unveiled

A NEW £9million plan has been drawn up to potentially renovate hundreds of empty homes in Burnley.

Town hall chiefs have confirmed they have lodged a £4.5million ‘expression of interest’ with the government’s new Clusters of Empty Homes project.

An initial decision is due soon on bids for the programme, which is being brought forward by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Burnley has already had some success this year in tackling the problem of vacant homes and shops.

Sixty-eight properties will be overhauled in the borough alone as part of a £4.8million East Lancashire wide scheme, under another HCA empty homes initiative.

Working in partnership with housing landlords Calico, the 68 homes should be reoccupied over the next three years.

Coun Peter McCann, housing and development control cabinet member, said: “Both these initiatives are clear evidence of the council taking the lead in tackling a major challenge for the borough’s housing strategy.”

Up to £50million is available for the clusters programme. East Lancashire lost a similar amount when the coalition scrapped the housing market renewal scheme last year.

Under the scheme a minimum of 100 homes must be brought into use, in clusters of at least 25 homes. Match funding must be identified by authorities involved.

Around £1.25million has already been spent across the borough as part of this year’s housing clearance work, for vacant blocks.

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5:18pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Peth says...

We should just be pleased that 251 jobs have become available in Padiham.
As long as the majority of jobs go to Padiham people it can only be good for the town.
We should just be pleased that 251 jobs have become available in Padiham. As long as the majority of jobs go to Padiham people it can only be good for the town. Peth

5:21pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Peth says...

oops wrong article.
oops wrong article. Peth

12:23pm Tue 10 Apr 12

bankhall says...

Sixty-eight properties will be overhauled in the borough alone as wow that only leaves another 3000 to be done and most of them are derelict because this council made people move out .
Sixty-eight properties will be overhauled in the borough alone as wow that only leaves another 3000 to be done and most of them are derelict because this council made people move out . bankhall

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