Grants to get empty homes back into use

Empty homes in Northumberland will be given a new lease of life thanks to a funding initiative from the government.

More than 2,000 empty properties in the county could be brought back into use to provide much needed homes in the area.

In a joint initiative between Northumberland County Council, charity Empty Homes and the government, the scheme will provide loans of up to £15,000 to owners of empty properties to help bring them back into affordable use.

The National Empty Homes Loan Fund (NEHLF) – funded by a £3m government grant – will allow access to secured loans at a five per cent interest rate.

Cramlington councillor Allan Hepple, policy board member for housing, regeneration and planning at the council, said: “Housing services often work with outside agencies to secure additional help for property owners.

“In this case the private sector team has been able to find some extra financial support to help owners bring some of the empty properties in Northumberland back to habitable standard.”

Individuals can apply for the loan through the council by contacting Victoria Ledger on (01670) 623053 or Christine Cowans on (01670) 623068.