Empty homes cash to replace HMRI funding
The area that received the biggest slice of a government empty homes fund is planning to use the money to continue work started under the housing market renewal initiative.
The Liverpool City Region was awarded £16.8 million as part of the government’s plan to bring empty homes back into use earlier this week
It was by far the largest amount received by any council from a £60 million funding pot (see table). Councils are expected to match fund their allocations from the empty homes fund, which is designed to target groups of empty homes in areas with low housing demand.
Yesterday Liverpool Council announced £13 million of the money will be used to improve key areas of the city affected by the scrapping of the £2.2 billion housing market renewal initiative in 2010.
The council plans to start a programme of work with the Homes and Communities Agency and Arena Housing Association to refurbish or demolish around 600 properties in the Anfield area.
The council is examining different options for the work, including knocking together housing to form larger properties and ‘selective demolition’ to create gardens.
Newly-elected mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: ‘This is fantastic news for residents and is a major step forward for our housing plans for north Liverpool and will help deliver our pledge of 5,000 homes over the next four years.
‘For far too long, the people living in the area have been living in limbo - in some cases surrounded by blight and dereliction and all the associated problems that brings. Now we are able to give them certainty about the future and deliver new and refurbished homes for the community.’
Funding allocations for tackling clusters of empty homes
|Bidder||Operating Area||Funding allocated (£)||Homes|
|Source: Homes and Communities Agency|
|Allerdale Borough Council (Cumbria)||North West||580,296||125|
|Barnsley MBC||North East Yorkshire & the Humber||961,374||100|
|Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council||North West||3,442,435||229|
|Blackburn-with-Darwen Council (Pennine Lancashire)||North West||9,479,806||457|
|Blackpool Borough Council||North West||1,615,486||100|
|Calderdale MBC||North East Yorkshire & the Humber||599,967||130|
|Durham County Council||North East Yorkshire & the Humber||2,124,474||120|
|Greater Manchester Combined Authority||North West||3,684,193||356|
|Hartlepool borough Council||North East Yorkshire & the Humber||2,694,935||100|
|Hull City Council||North East Yorkshire & the Humber||3,589,968||145|
|Kirklees Council||North East Yorkshire & the Humber||2,879,843||125|
|Lancaster City Council||North West||1,910,788||114|
|Liverpool City Region (on behalf of Restore Consortium)||North West||16,750,896||711|
|Middlesborough Council||North East Yorkshire & the Humber||1,081,908||100|
|Newcastle City Council||North East Yorkshire & the Humber||491,776||125|
|Stoke-on-Trent City Council||Midlands||1,475,329||124|
|Sunderland City Council||North East Yorkshire & the Humber||619,638||105|
|Tendring District Council||East & South East||1,290,913||105|
|Thanet District Council||East & South East||4,130,923||160|
|West Lyndsey District Council||Midlands||595,050||100|