Clusters of Empty Homes Programme

Stoke-on-Trent City Council recognises that there are areas in the city where there are large concentrations of empty homes. These areas are generally located where there are high levels of private rented accommodation.

These areas are identified as requiring major intervention, otherwise they will continue to decline. This will cause an increase in the number of empty homes as residents choose to leave the area in search of better quality housing in more stable communities. Those residents remaining in areas with large numbers of empty homes will continue to live in poor quality housing, as they are unable to secure accommodation elsewhere due to their social or financial position. This then creates a vicious circle of decline, creating higher levels of anti-social behaviour and crime, causing a greater decline in the area.

The council has identified two areas in Stoke-on-Trent which suffer from higher than average numbers of empty properties and are in decline;

  • the Portland Street area of Hanley; and
  • the Bond Street area of Tunstall.

The Council bid for £1.5 million from the Government’s Clusters of Empty Homes grant programme and were successful. The Council is also investing £1.5 million towards this programme as a condition of the Government grant.

The Clusters Programme offers the city council the opportunity to devote £3 million of investment into these areas and tackle the problem with a range of interventions. The overall aim of the council’s proposal is to bring 124 empty properties back into use which will stimulate the regeneration of the two communities and improve resident’s housing and health.

 


Empty Homes Financial Assistance

Building upon the success of the Clusters of Empty Homes £1 scheme, Stoke on Trent City Council is offering an interest free loan and small grant to owners of empty homes across the city.


The Council aims to bring back into use blighted and problematic empty homes in order to increase the city’s decent housing stock and to improve areas suffering from long term empty properties.
The authority is also offering assistance for the refurbishment of empty homes which are not blighted, in order to arrest the decline in the city’s housing stock.


Further details regarding the Empty Homes Repair Interest Free Loan can be found at the bottom of this page by accessing the links.


If you are interested in this new loan product then please fill out the Enquiry Form and return via email to housing.standards@stoke.gov.uk or Housing Standards Team, Civic Centre, Floor 1, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent. ST4 1HH
We will then carry out an inspection of your property, compile a schedule of works which you can use to obtain quotes from your various contractors.


If you would like to discuss the loan product mentioned above or wish to discuss your empty property specifically then please contact Neil Watson on 01782 232096 or Matt Nixon on 01782 231809 or by email at housing.standards@stoke.gov.uk
 

To contact the team:
Email: clustersofemptyhomes@stoke.gov.uk  
Tel: 01782 234234

 

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