This year’s National Empty Homes Week runs from 25 November to 1 December.
It highlights the waste of empty properties and celebrates the success of initiatives to bring empty homes back into use.
Even though new affordable homes continue to be built in North Dorset government statistics demonstrate the acute need to get more empty homes into use at a time when housing need has risen to new levels nationally.
In North Dorset there are currently 294 empty properties that could be providing homes for local people. During the course of the last 12 months North Dorset District Council has helped to bring 46 previously empty properties back into use as family homes.
During Empty homes week new statistics will be published showing the number of empty homes in England.
2012 has seen unprecedented levels of activity with a new national grants programme stimulating new projects which have contributed to the fact that a fifth of all homes created are now as a result of empty homes being returned to use.
This year’s annual empty homes conference in London on 26 November will hear from Communities Minister Don Foster MP announcing future funding for getting empty homes back into use. Architect and presenter George Clarke will talk about the amazing success of the Great British Property Scandal campaign and TV programme.
There were 720,905 empty homes in England (2011 statistics) 278,911 of them long term empty homes. 2012 statistics will be release during Empty Homes Week. http://www.emptyhomes.com/statistics-2/
To report an empty home please contact Jo Rickman, Housing Enabling Officer at North Dorset District Council on 01258 454111.
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