Residents' views sought over empty homes in borough

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A consultation is being launched to tackle the issue of long term empty homes in Trafford.

Trafford Council wants residents’ view on plans to bring empty homes back into use. Bringing empty homes back into use can make a valuable contribution towards meeting housing needs, which would help deal with the severe supply and demand issues faced in the borough.

Cllr James Wright, Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:

Trafford is an amazing place to live and work. The borough is a safe place to live and our schools are among the best in the whole of the country.

But all that means people want to live in Trafford. We want to make sure everyone has access to affordable and quality and housing so this consultation on empty homes is vital to help us address our housing needs.”

The consultation, which will begin on 2 September, will help formulate an Empty Homes Strategy. The priorities for this are to work with owners of long term empty properties to bring them back into use, as well as improving neighbourhoods by addressing long term empty homes that have become the focus of anti-social behaviour and neglect.

The Council also wants the strategy to provide advice and information to help raise awareness around long term empty properties, and to develop effective partnerships with key stakeholders to address long term empty properties.

Cllr Wright added:

Our vision is to work together to bring Trafford’s long term empty properties back into use to increase the supply of quality, affordable homes for our residents.

I would urge everyone to complete the consultation so they can have their say on how we tackle this issue.”

The consultation can be accessed on the Trafford Council consultations page. 

Posted on Friday 23rd August 2019