Work has begun on Phase 5 of the Empty Homes Scheme in Burnley.
Following the successful completion of three previous phases of the empty homes project, and with Phase 4 due to complete in August 2021, we are hoping to bring a further 30 affordable homes back to life in partnership with Burnley Borough Council.
Funding of £870,000 has been provided from Homes England to help utilise the empty properties, many of which have fallen into a state of neglect and disrepair, requiring extensive renovation works.
Positive feedback for the overall scheme has been strong, with an associated reduction in numbers of crime and anti-social behaviour cases, helping to reduce homelessness in the area, and provide safe houses for those escaping domestic abuse.
So far, the wider project has revived a total of 97 homes. It has also allowed several residents to move from poor quality housing in which they were living, to high-quality, affordable housing where many now successfully sustain long-term tenancies.
Last year, several empty properties were repurposed to provide housing for vulnerable individuals requiring a safe space to self-isolate during the pandemic.
This next phase will help to deliver further regeneration across Burnley and Padiham, improving the standard of housing in the wider community and neighbourhoods, with an aim to be delivered by March 2022.
Wendy Malone, Director of Development at Calico Homes, says, “It’s brilliant that we can continue to move forward with Phase 5 of the Empty Homes Scheme. By renovating formerly derelict properties in the area, we’re able to create even more successful, safe neighbourhoods where people are proud to live.”