Monday, 29 June 2015

New help to regenerate town centres

Margaret Burgess MSP has welcomed a new £4m fund that will help bring back to life some of the empty homes and vacant High Street properties in local towns.

The SNP Scottish Government’s ‘Town Centre Empty Fund’ will help to revive empty residential and commercial spaces throughout North Ayrshire and across Scotland, creating new affordable homes in the process.

Funding will be administered by the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership and will be provided to registered social landlords and developers, including in Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston.

Since 2010, the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has brought over 900 homes back into use and encouraged 17 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities to appoint Empty Homes Officers.

Margaret Burgess said, “I am delighted the Town Centre Empty Homes Fund has been launched and that North Ayrshire and the rest of Scotland will benefit from it.

“I would encourage North Ayrshire’s registered social landlords and developers to apply for funding so that we can begin to see empty homes filled with those who need them and commercial spaces can be revamped for public use.”

The Cunninghame South MSP, who is also the SNP Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Welfare, noted, “Transforming more unused spaces into comfortable homes will help provide more affordable housing in Scotland.

“There are currently an estimated 27,000 long-term private empty homes and it makes sense to put these properties to good use to ensure more people have access to high quality, affordable housing.”

The deadline for applications to the Town Centre Empty Homes Fund is August 21, 2015.

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