George visits Newark site of Empty Homes investment

The Rt Hon Andrew Stunell MP and George, visited Newark on Tuesday to look at potential properties set to benefit from the Empty Homes Fund.

Newark and Sherwood Homes has recently been announced as one of the organisations that has successfully secured Empty Homes Community Grant funding that the Government is allocating to bring over 3,600 long-term empty homes back into use across England.   The £50k funding that Newark and Sherwood Homes is set to receive will contribute to the purchase of four empty dwellings, which the organisation plans to refurbish in order to provide additional affordable housing for tenants in the area.

Ginette Hughes, Chair of Newark and Sherwood Homes’ Board, said: “We are really excited about what the funding will mean for tenants in our area.  The visit was a great opportunity to show Mr Stunell MP and George Clarke some of the innovative refurbishment projects that we have carried out in the district that mean more homes have a lower carbon footprint and are more affordable to run. “

Mr Stunell MP and George were given a drive-by tour of Newark and Sherwood Homes’ 294 solar PV installations, as well as visiting an empty home on Fell Croft, Farndon and Fairfax Avenue in Newark to see an eco project refurbishment.  They then met tenants at the Tenants and Residents Association’s office on Bailey Road in Newark.  This also provided the opportunity to discuss community engagement initiatives, including the award-winning DVD produced by young people on the Hawtonville estate.

Andrew Stunell MP said: “With so many people on housing waiting lists looking for a home of their own, it is a scandal that there are 300,000 long term empty homes across the country.” (quote courtesy of Inside Housing magazine – or to be supplied)

It is estimated that there are approximately 750 empty homes currently in the Newark and Sherwood District, whilst the District has around 5,750 on the housing waiting list.  Newark and Sherwood Homes was successful in securing the funding due to its innovative approach to housing delivery and the fact that it showed it could deliver good value for money.

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  • Simon

    I was reminded of the Great British Property scandal in light of today’s announcement to ‘revise’ planning laws to allow more use of greenbelt land. I’d like to invest some money in a scheme to make use of existing empty hosues in Leeds – I’m not a millionaire but have some money from a redundancy payout – is it possible to set up a some sort of social enterprise to make the refurbish existing homes?

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