Cornwall Council tackles empty homes crisis

Derelict house Cornwall Council is in the process of identifying the ownership of all empty properties

Related Stories

Cornwall Council claims it is "determined" to bring hundreds of empty homes back into use to tackle the shortage of affordable housing.

There are currently 3,875 long-term empty properties across the county - some of which have not been occupied for decades.

The Cornwall housing register currently has 25,000 people in need of a home.

Its aim is to bring 130 empty properties back into use each year and is writing to private landlords.

Cornwall cabinet member for housing and planning, councillor Mark Kaczmarek, said: "Some of these properties have been empty for 10, 15 even 20 years and when these are in towns and villages they actually drag down the appearance of the town, they are subject to fire, vandalism, fly tipping and it creates a whole social problem," he added.

Cornwall Council's private sector housing manager, Joe Roberts, said: "We're actively working now to deliver a loan via the council to assist people to bring properties back into use for sale."

He said his team was in the process of "identifying the ownership of the all empty properties".

The council does have the power to compulsory purchase an empty home "in exceptional circumstances" but as yet this has not happened.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Cornwall

Weather

Truro

17 °C 9 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on BBC News

  • Pulling a pint in MauritiusThe beer hunter

    One man's quest to bring artisan beer to the island of Mauritius

Programmes

  • Tourists wearing bikinis in MajorcaThe Travel Show Watch

    Why wearing a bikini could land you with a fine on the Spanish island of Majorca

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.