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Newark On Trent,
Notts, NG23 5QX
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Newark and Sherwood Homes - Empty Homes Programme

In May 2012, Newark and Sherwood Homes in partnership with the Department of Communities and Local Government successfully secured £50,000 of funding through the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme to help bring four long term empty properties back in to use over a 2 year programme.

Newark and Sherwood Homes has now completed the programme and the four long term empty homes across the district have had improvements and repairs carried out and are now let to people in need from the housing regisiter.  The four new homes are located at:

  • Gamage Close, Balderton: 2 bedroomed semi-detached bungalow
  • The Tryst, Newark: 2 bedroomed mid-town house
  • Buttercup Close, Balderton: 2 bedroomed semi-detached bungalow
  • Westbrook Drive, Rainworth: 3 bedroomed detached bungalow

The Government allocated a pot of £100 million of funding to support bringing Empty Homes back into use. The sum of £70 million was allocated through the Homes and Communities Agency to its Framework Partners, with a further figure of £30 million made available through the Community Grants Programme. Charities and Community Groups including Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies as well as ALMO’s were eligible under this programme.  The funding was administered by Tribal.

Last year the Company attracted a Ministerial visit by Andrew Stunell MP and television Architect George Clark who looked at Newark and Sherwood Homes proposals for the scheme. 

Andrew Stunell MP said that “With so many people on housing waiting lists looking for a home of their own, it is a scandal that there are 300,000 long-term empty homes across the country.” (Source: Inside Housing 19th May 2011.)

 

Ministerial Visit 10 June 2012

Above: Mrs Ginette Hughes, Chair of the Board of Newark and Sherwood Homes with Andrew Stunell MP, the then Communities Minister, (Right) and George Clarke (Left), one of the UK’s most famous architects and presenter on Channel 4's The Home ShowRestoration Man and The Empty Homes Show.

Like most parts of the UK, Newark and Sherwood has a shortage of affordable homes. The Council own around 5,500 properties and a further 2,159 are owned by a number of Registered Providers, yet we have over 5220 people waiting for social housing. This is why it was essential for Newark and Sherwood Homes to maximise the use of properties standing empty across the district to provide additional accommodation and at the same time reduce the negative impact that empty homes can have on our communities.

All four empty homes have had improvements and repairs carried out by local contractors to meet the Decent Homes Standard and Homes and Communities Agency Standards for Rehabilitation.

Gamage Close Balderton

Gamage Close, Balderton

       Improvement works at Gamage Close

Following the completion of the improvement works, which included an Air Source Heating System, the property was let in December 2012

The Tryst, Newark

The Tryst, Newark

   Improvement works at The Tryst

Following the completion of the improvement works which included new gas central heating and a new petition wall to create a seperate kitchen and living room, the property was let in February 2013

Buttercup Close, Balderton

 

Buttercup Close, Balderton

 

 Pre improvement works at Buttercup Close       Post completion works at Buttercup Close

 Kitchen: Before and after improvement works

Following the completion of the improvement works, which included a new kitchen and bathroom, the property was let in August 2013

Westbrook Close, Rainworth

 

Westbrook Close, Rainworth

 

Kitchen at Westbrook Drive before the improvements       New kitchen at Westbrook Drive  

Kitchen: Before and after improvement works

Bathroom at Westbrook before the improvement works     New Bathroom at Westbrook Drive following improvements work

Bathroom: Before and after improvement works 

Following the completion of the improvement works, which included a new kitchen and bathroom and new gas central heating system, the property was let in August 2013

Newark and Sherwood Homes now own and manage the properties which have been allocated on an Assured Tenancy to people on the Council’s Housing Register and let on an Affordable Rents basis. Affordable Rent is part of a new funding model for affordable housing delivery. The model allows Registered Providers to charge rent at 20% below market rent with the increased revenue being used to fund new supply.

The programme allowed local community to be involved with the project following the ongoing involvement in the Decent Homes Programme, Local Authority New Build and procurement initiatives that are ongoing.

 

For further information please contact Newark and Sherwood Homes Business Development

on 0845 258 5550.

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