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Empty properties to be transformed

Published: 21 Dec 2015 10:00
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Housing

Revamp for town centre eyesores.

A £4 million fund to transform abandoned and empty town centre properties will help create 87 new affordable homes.

The Scottish Government's Town Centre Empty Homes Fund will help revamp 10 derelict spaces, producing 62 homes for social rent, 11 homes for intermediate rent and 14 new homes for affordable sale.

Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil announced the 10 successful applicants to the fund today – ranging from housing associations to private landlords.

This support is being delivered alongside the Empty Homes Partnership, which since 2010 has brought more than 900 homes back into use and encouraged 17 of Scotland's 32 local authorities to appoint dedicated empty homes officers in their area. The partnership is run by the housing charity Shelter Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.

Mr Neil said: "There are an estimated 27,000 empty properties in Scotland. We need to work to bring some of these properties back into use, creating not just affordable and accessible housing, but revitalising town centres and bringing areas back to life.

"Making use of existing housing stock can make a real difference to people and communities, and we know the transformation of these spaces will have a huge impact."

Adam Lang, Head of Communications and Policy at Shelter Scotland, said:

"This funding is great news for people in need of an affordable home and for town centre communities blighted by empty properties. Empty homes projects funded in this way will not only make a crucial addition to the affordable housing supply, they will also demonstrate the major impact that bringing empty properties back into use as homes can have on town centres.

"Bringing empty homes back into use is not just about adding to the available housing stock, it's about regenerating communities into places that people feel proud to call home."

Notes to editors

Successful Applicants

Ref

Org.

Project

Council area

Grant

Loan

Post Project Use

No. Units

2

Station Court DEVCO

Bennochy Road, Kirkcaldy,

Fife

£475k

£475k

Intermediate Rent (5) & For sale (14)

19

15

Plainstones Ltd

5 and 6 Hill Place House, Inverness

Highland

£70k

£70k

Social Rent

2

16

Clyde Valley HA

Hamilton St, Carluke

South Lanarkshire Council

£75k

£75k

Social Rent

5

17

Clyde Valley HA

Academy St, Coatbridge

North Lanarkshire Council

£250k

£250k

Social Rent

12

19

Castlerock Edinvar

Bogwood Rd, Dalkeith

Midlothian

£241k

£245k

Social Rent

6

20

Shettleston HA

Carntyne Old Church

Glasgow

£475k

£475k

Social Rent

19

23

Glasgow HA

27 Hillend Rd, Lambshill

Glasgow

£37k

£37k

Social Rent

2

24

Southside Housing Assoc Ltd

105 Allison St & others

Glasgow

£420k

£280k

Social Rent

14

25

Glen Oaks HA

25 Kilmuir Rd, Arden

Glasgow

£30k

30k

Social Rent

2

26

Robertson Property Ltd

The Cottages High Street Elgin

Moray

£100k

£100k

Intermediate Rent

6

Totals:

2.173m

2.037m

86