The article discusses empty housing association properties in Kensington and Chelsea - hence the link to Grenfell - but also in County Durham, where hundreds of street properties have been sold in villages such as Horden.
This is our longest-running awards category and it always attracts high quality submissions, making the choice of winners difficult.
This year, the award was sponsored and judged by Kent’s No Use Empty team, who certainly are well-equipped with all the necessary experience needed to evaluate the entries.
In the event, they selected one outright winner, and also gave a ‘highly commended’ award. The awards were presented at the Empty Homes Conference in Bimringham by Steve Grimshaw, Programme Manager, Kent County Council.
Hard to believe that there were not better options involving community-led housing.
There have been a fair few stories over the last two or three weeks about significant numbers of empty homes in Durham mining villages near Easington which demonstrate that the issues associated with "low demand" - and the search for solutions - are still very much alive.
In the news stories it is Horden in particular which has been singled out, with a claimed 130 empty homes owned by Accent housing association now slated for disposal and reportedly another 130 to follow.
This is a record of a Commons debate where Grahame M. Morris, Labour MP for Easington, raised the question of empty social housing in Horden, Co. Durham. Brandon Lewis answered on behalf of the government. The Column Reference is 265WH.
Note: This is a 3MB PDF file.
Published March 2013, this is an unusually detailed review that provides good insight into the range of mechanisms being explored by a local authority into tackling empties associated with low demand, with some good before-and-after photos.
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