Plus Dane wins share of empty homes funding pot

09.03.2012

Plus Dane Group has been awarded a cut of a £100m national funding pot to tackle the country’s empty housing stock.

Plus Dane Group has been awarded a cut of a £100m national funding pot to tackle the country’s empty housing stock. 

The neighbourhood investor, which has owns and manages nearly 13,000 homes, has been awarded a grant of nearly £700,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to bring over 50 empty homes back into use throughout Merseyside and Cheshire. 

Plus Dane’s share of the funding is the one of the largest allocations for social landlords nationally and will contribute to the 5,600 homes that the government wants to bring back into use across the country. 

The grant will fund the refurbishment of properties that have been standing empty for a minimum period of six months and builds on work being delivered through the Affordable Homes Programme which Plus Dane signed up to in October 2011. 

Louise Davies, Head of Development at Plus Dane Group, commented:

“With over 3% of England’s housing stock currently sitting empty, tackling this issue is a key national priority and so Plus Dane is delighted to have been awarded this additional grant from the HCA to help bring over 50 homes back into use across the neighbourhoods we serve. 

“Through our extensive development programme, Plus Dane is committed to increasing the supply and choice of homes to meet current housing needs. This funding will enable us to build on this and create more high quality homes that contribute to making neighbourhoods great places to live.” 

Plus Dane will work in partnership with Halton Housing Trust to deliver the refurbishment work, which will see between 5 and 10 properties brought back into use across Halton, Sefton, Warrington, Liverpool, Knowsley, Cheshire East and Cheshire West.