Torridge on look out for empty homes

TORRIDGE District Council’s lead member for housing Cllr David Lausen is asking local people to help the council identify empty homes in the district, in order to get them back into use.

With National Empty Homes Week running from December 4-10, Cllr Lausen said: “There are many reasons why homes are left empty, but it is vital that we all work together to tackle this problem. Empty homes can detract from the local environment and may be a blight on the visual amenity of the area, a source of concern to communities and a potential risk to health and safety. Returning a home to occupation plays an important part in the regeneration of communities and the council is currently targeting empty homes within the district to get them back into use. Help us to improve your local area – if you own or know of any empty homes that could be brought back into circulation, please contact us.”

The Empty Homes Agency, instigators of the National Empty Homes Week, estimates that there are thousands of empty homes in the South West area, many of which could be made into habitable properties.

If you believe a property in your immediate vicinity is empty, contact Torridge’s housing renewal team on (01237) 428841 or email housing.renewal@torridge.gov.uk. You can also report empty homes anonymously through www.reportemptyhomes.com.


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