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Scheme to revamp more than 1,000 homes planned for Pendle
8:00am Sunday 14th October 2012 in News
A SCHEME to breathe new life into around 1,170 empty properties in Pendle is being considered by the council.
Pendle Council has drawn up an Empty Homes Plan, which covers 2012 to 2014, to bring as many of the homes back into use.
Coun Joe Cooney, leader of Pendle Council, who also represents housing and regeneration, said: “Bringing empty homes back into use is vitally important for the borough.
“It is a way of increasing the supply of housing and reducing the negative impact that neglected empty homes can have on our communities.
“And the more houses we have in use, the more people we have investing in our local economy.
“We believe that, as a council, it is our duty to do everything we can to bring empty homes back into use and contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Pendle.”
The plan has been drawn up to reduce the negative impact that empty homes can have and also to increase the supply of housing in Pendle.
Coun Tony Beckett, who represents the chief executive’s policy unit, said: “We have recently secured over £1.3 million of external funding from the Government to reduce the number of empty homes in the borough.
“This money will be used to help deliver actions in the Empty Homes Plan.”
As well as creating the financial assistance scheme other actions include working with the owners of empty properties to bring them back into use and developing a toolkit to help them, and targeting the homes that have been empty for the longest period of time.
Councillors will discuss the action plan at a meeting on October 18.
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