Flooded homes in Mwrog Street, Ruthin, to be refurbished

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Boarded up properties in Mwrog Street, Ruthin, Denbighshire
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Flood defences were completed in 2003 after four floods in Ruthin in four years

A terrace of four derelict Denbighshire properties which have been empty since flooding in 2000, are to be refurbished as affordable homes for local people.

The properties on Mwrog Street, Ruthin, have been boarded up since the flooding, which partly led to £3m of flood defences in the town.

They were bought from Denbighshire council by North Wales Housing, which hopes to start work later this year.

Work will include two family houses, two flats and two new bungalows.

The flats and houses will be constructed from existing properties. The bungalows will be built on land to the rear.

The nine-month development will form part of the Denbighshire Empty Homes Project, which aims to bring long-term empty homes back into use.

Phil Danson, of registered social landlord North Wales Housing, said: "Mwrog Street forms part of the roll-out of our empty homes initiative that involves a partnership with Denbighshire County Council to identify empty properties suitable for affordable housing.

"We can consider their potential for redevelopment tied in with the housing needs within that particular area.

"Mwrog Street is an excellent example of the type of property we target, sitting in a prominent location, falling into disrepair but with huge scope for improvement.

"We are set to appoint a contractor in the coming weeks whilst our housing team will begin finding potential tenants for these new homes."

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