30% drop in empty homes across Pendle

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Members of Pendle Council’s Executive were updated on fantastic progress being made to tackle the number of empty properties in Pendle at their latest meeting.

They were told how, over the past five years, the number of empty properties has fallen by 30% from over 2,000 to 1,400, thanks to several different interventions from the council.

Overall, the percentage of long-term empty properties in Pendle is now 3.53%.

This is below the 3.7% target set in the Government’s Sustainable Communities Strategy.

Coun. Joe Cooney, Pendle Council’s Leader, who also heads up Housing and Regeneration, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news and testimony to the hard work carried out over the past five years by the council’s economic and housing regeneration services team.

“Since we appointed a dedicated Empty Homes Officer in 2009, there has been a marked increase in the number of empty houses brought back into use.

“There is still work to be done to ensure less than 3.7% of properties in every part of Pendle are empty.

“But we’re moving in the right direction and I’ve no doubt that with the continued hard work of our staff, the number of empty properties in Pendle will continue to fall.”

Paul Lloyd, Pendle Council’s Private Sector Housing Manager, said: “We’re delighted with the progress made so far.

“But we do recognise there are still clusters of empty properties within Pendle causing problems and attracting anti-social behaviour and we’re working hard to tackle these clusters by continuing to work with owners, partners and other local authorities.

“The council’s empty homes plan details a series of things we’re doing to continue to reduce the number of empty homes in Pendle.”