New hope for empty homes

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MORE empty homes are set to be brought back into use if a new council strategy is approved.

Wyre Council’s cabinet committee is expected to give the go-ahead to the scheme this week.

In December last year, there were 684 homes empty for six months or more in the borough.

Of these 482 were empty for between six months and two years, 138 empty two to five years and 64 empty for more than five years.

The council says its empty homes strategy is designed to return unwanted, unused and unloved houses and buildings back into use, to help meet the needs of people requiring accommodation in Wyre.

Part of the strategy will see a new database established providing detailed information on the reasons why the home is empty, determine what obstacles exist to bringing the home back into use and to identify possible solutions.

The council will also identify potential buyers, developers and potential providers as part of the strategy.

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