A £4 million fund to transform abandoned and empty town centre properties will help create 87 new affordable homes.

The Scottish Government’s Town Centre Empty Homes Fund will help revamp 10 derelict spaces, producing 62 homes for social rent, 11 homes for intermediate rent and 14 new homes for affordable sale.

Social justice secretary Alex Neil announced the 10 successful applicants to the fund today – ranging from housing associations to private landlords.

This support is being delivered alongside the Empty Homes Partnership, which since 2010 has brought more than 900 homes back into use and encouraged 17 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities to appoint dedicated empty homes officers in their area. The partnership is run by the housing charity Shelter Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.

Mr Neil said: “There are an estimated 27,000 empty properties in Scotland. We need to work to bring some of these properties back into use, creating not just affordable and accessible housing, but revitalising town centres and bringing areas back to life.

“Making use of existing housing stock can make a real difference to people and communities, and we know the transformation of these spaces will have a huge impact.”

Adam Lang, head of communications and policy at Shelter Scotland, said: “This funding is great news for people in need of an affordable home and for town centre communities blighted by empty properties. Empty homes projects funded in this way will not only make a crucial addition to the affordable housing supply, they will also demonstrate the major impact that bringing empty properties back into use as homes can have on town centres.

“Bringing empty homes back into use is not just about adding to the available housing stock, it’s about regenerating communities into places that people feel proud to call home.”

Successful Applicants

Org. Project Grant Loan Post Project Use Units
Station Court DEVCO Bennochy Road, Kirkcaldy, £475k £475k Intermediate Rent (5) & For sale (14) 19

 Plainstones Ltd

5 and 6 Hill Place House, Inverness £70k £70k Social Rent 2

 Clyde Valley HA

Hamilton St, Carluke £75k £75k Social Rent 5

 Clyde Valley HA

Academy St, Coatbridge £250k £250k Social Rent 12

 Castlerock Edinvar

 Bogwood Rd, Dalkeith

£241k £245k Social Rent 6

 Shettleston HA

 Carntyne Old Church

£475k £475k Social Rent 19

 Glasgow HA

 27 Hillend Rd, Lambshill

£37k £37k Social Rent 2

 Southside Housing Assoc Ltd

105 Allison St & others £420k £280k Social Rent 14

 Glen Oaks HA

 25 Kilmuir Rd, Arden

£30k 30k Social Rent 2

 Robertson Property Ltd

 The Cottages High Street Elgin

£100k £100k Intermediate Rent 6

SOURCE: Scottish Housing News



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