Refurbishing empty housing stock in Angus

ONE OF the most frequent criticisms of local housing stock is the number of homes that are empty, but which could be brought back into use.

Angus Council has secured more than £400,000 from the Scottish Government Empty Homes Loan Fund to help bring 24 privately-owned empty properties across the county back into use.

The scheme offers interest-free loans for private property owners to make essential repair and improvements to enable empty homes to be brought up to standard. The homes are to be let as affordable housing for at least five years, while the loan is repaid.

The money will be used for three projects:

One: to help refurbish seven individual privately owned properties across Angus

Two: to renovate seven empty flats in Arbroath, in partnership with a private developer

Three: to restore and redevelop an empty building in Kirriemuir providing 10 new flats

Councillor Donald Morrison, Convener of Neighbourhood Services said: “This is great news for Angus, coming as it does at Christmas - a time when we are all too aware that some people are not fortunate enough to have a roof over their head.

“Increasing the number of affordable homes for rent is a priority for the council, and a common sense and cost effective way of doing this is by making the most of our existing housing stock and ensuring that all empty buildings are brought back into productive use.

“ The success of this funding application also demonstrates the effectiveness of the council’s partnership approach with the private sector in helping to achieve its strategic objectives.”

There is still scope to identify some limited additional properties which could be suitable for the project.

If you own an empty home and need financial help to bring it back into use, please contact the council at Strategic Housing, Neighbourhood Services, William Wallace House, Orchardbank, Forfar, DD8 1WH, telephone 01307 476376, or visit the website www.angus.gov.uk and search for empty homes.