Highlights Community Campus, Giroscope, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent amongst others, thanks to the Action on Empty Homes new campaign about community inittiatives to bring empties back into use, led by Chris Bailey.
The final award for 2015 that remains to be highlighted before we invite submissions for the 2016 Awards is the Most Innovative Intervention Award, sponsored by Carson Millican, trading as Empty Property Solutions Ltd. (and contactable by email if you'd like to find out more).
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Stoke-on-Trent Cabinet has approved a proposal for an investigation into the feasibility of a second wave of "£1 homes".
The Report to Cabinet throws some interesting light on the success of the scheme to date, the financial models involved, and the continuing issues that need to be dealt with. The investigation would be carried out by the Private Sector Housing Team, currently managed by award-winning ex-empty-homes-officer Zainul Pirmohamed.
This year's Empty Homes Awards attracted a wide range of impressive submission and were presented at our May Conference at a ceremony sponsored by Grafton UK Ltd. We'll be highlighting the details of winning submissions over the next few weeks.
The Stoke-on-Trent proposal to sell surplus houses to low-paid working people for £1 has now been given the go-ahead by the Council's Cabinet. The proposed scheme has been widely reported as an example of innovative thinking around empty homes.
The homes were originally purchased under the previous government's Market Renewal programme but the council was unable to progress the redevelopment schemes when the incoming Coalition government cut the funding. The cost of purchasing the homes to be sold for £1 has not been made public to date.