Initiative set to bring empty homes into use

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EFFORTS are to be made to bring dozens of long-term empty properties back into use under £2.8 million plans set to be approved by Sheffield Council.

Plans for a Purchase and Repair Scheme are set to be approved by the authority’s cabinet on Wednesday.

The initiative will pay for 31 houses that have been empty for an average of two years.

Money will be made available to buy the properties, which will then be refurbished by the council and rented to families.

The anticipated cost of the scheme is estimated at around £2.8m, with approximately £538,000 being provided by the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency.

The council is to borrow £2.26m against the housing revenue account.

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “There are many benefits to bringing these empty properties back into use.

“Once refurbished and occupied, the properties will provide much-needed affordable housing in the places where people want to live.”

Coun Harpham added: “They will also help to create safer and more sustainable neighbourhoods by removing some eyesores from the heart of local communities.”