Association and council partnership tackles empty homes

The Making Homes from Houses project aims to renovate properties to be used as affordable homes.

MHFH Ingol

In partnership with Community Gateway Association (CGA) and Preston City Council, Making Homes from Houses project aims to renovate empty properties, so they can be brought back into use as an affordable home for those in housing need.

The partnership recognises the negative impact empty properties can have on communities.

By bringing empty homes back into use, the partnership has said it can greatly improve an area’s appearance and boost people’s confidence in their neighbourhood, adding that it “seems senseless” having empty homes when people in need are on a housing waiting list, or even homeless.

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On the project, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for planning and regulation Cllr Peter Moss said: “I would firstly like to thank everyone involved in this renovation – from the staff arranging the purchase, to the trades carrying out the brilliant refurbishment, to the housing team for finding a family who can now make this property a real home.

“This is a fantastic partnership with Community Gateway. Turning a neglected, empty house in the community into somewhere a family can live and feel safe is a winning combination.

“Other properties within the scheme are ready and waiting to be transformed, so this is only the first of many. If we can help renovate empty homes near you in Preston, please get in touch.”

Rob Wakefield, CEO of Community Gateway, added: “Community Gateway Association has been working in partnership with Preston City Council on this exciting project, bringing empty properties back into use to provide much needed affordable homes for the people of Preston.

“This severely fire-damaged property had been blighting the local community since February 2017.

“Our in-house team, Gateway PropertyCare, have carried out the major refurbishment works needed to bring this property up to standard and once again become someone’s home, and we are delighted with the results.”