The West of England Housing Partnership has joined forces with the Kent County Council ‘No Use Empty’ scheme in its drive to get more unused private housing back on the market. This will enable valuable sharing of experience, expertise and targeted resources, including the development of this new, easier to use, website.
Over ten years ago Kent County Council launched its ‘No Use Empty’ campaign and has achieved significant success in bringing empty properties back into use. In that time the initiative, which works to provide much-needed homes for families across Kent, has brought 4,445 properties back into use since 2005.
In Bristol, for example, tackling the shortage of housing is one of the most important challenges facing the city and bringing empty homes into use is an essential means to reduce this gap. Bristol alone has 1,500 empty properties at any one time.
No Use Empty (West) consists of Empty Homes offices in the four West of England local authorities: