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Selby Council Aim To Bring Empty Homes Back Into Use


8:16am 24th June 2013

If there's an empty house on your street in Barlby, Selby and Tadcaster the district council want to hear from you. They have a new strategy to bring empty homes back into use.

The strategy forms an important part of the Council's Programme for Growth, an investment programme to tackle the things that matter the most to the community - supporting retail, supporting jobs growth, developing housing and infrastructure and improving leisure services. 

Through the strategy Selby District Council say they will target homes that are long-term empty and are inactive in the housing market, and also those which are unlikely to return to use without intervention.

The consultation on the strategy will seek the views of both property owners and members of the public. It will run for six weeks - starting today (Monday 24 June) and closing on Sunday 4 August.

The council say this Empty Homes Strategy would aim to:

  • Identify empty properties.
  • Raise awareness of the problems regarding empty homes.
  • Reduce adverse impacts on neighbourhoods through bringing empty homes back into effective use.

Member of the Executive and Lead Member for Communities, Cllr Chris Metcalfe said, "There can be many complex reasons why properties are empty. This Strategy would enable us to work with property owners and our partner organisations to address these reasons.

"Our aim is to ensure that our communities have access to the housing that they need.

"The Strategy is an important part of our work to support jobs growth in the district and develop housing and infrastructure - it offers us the chance to deliver real improvements in these areas."

To take part in the consultation, which begins today (24 June), visit Selby District Council's website and search for 'empty homes strategy' on or after this date.

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