Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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

BidderOperating AreaFunding allocated (£)Homes
Source: Homes and Communities Agency
Allerdale Borough Council (Cumbria)North West580,296125
Barnsley MBCNorth East Yorkshire & the Humber961,374100
Barrow-in-Furness Borough CouncilNorth West3,442,435229
Blackburn-with-Darwen Council (Pennine Lancashire)North West9,479,806457
Blackpool Borough CouncilNorth West1,615,486100
Calderdale MBCNorth East Yorkshire & the Humber599,967130
Durham County CouncilNorth East Yorkshire & the Humber2,124,474120
Greater Manchester Combined AuthorityNorth West3,684,193356
Hartlepool borough CouncilNorth East Yorkshire & the Humber2,694,935100
Hull City CouncilNorth East Yorkshire & the Humber3,589,968145
Kirklees CouncilNorth East Yorkshire & the Humber2,879,843125
Lancaster City CouncilNorth West1,910,788114
Liverpool City Region (on behalf of Restore Consortium)North West16,750,896711
Middlesborough CouncilNorth East Yorkshire & the Humber1,081,908100
Newcastle City CouncilNorth East Yorkshire & the Humber491,776125
Stoke-on-Trent City CouncilMidlands1,475,329124
Sunderland City CouncilNorth East Yorkshire & the Humber619,638105
Tendring District CouncilEast & South East1,290,913105
Thanet District CouncilEast & South East4,130,923160
West Lyndsey District CouncilMidlands595,050100
Total 60,000,0003,631

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