Going flat out to get homes sold

UNOCCUPIED properties in Blyth have been brought back into use, thanks to a partnership between Northumberland County Council and a property management firm.

The housing team at the council stepped in after learning that Richmond Court, a recent development, was standing empty.

The properties, 16 two-bedroom apartments, were originally owned by a property management and investment company, but it had ceased trading and they were starting to fall into disrepair.

Neighbours of the site were becoming concerned at the rapid decline of the development, but the council’s existing stock team was able to help get the properties on the market.

Most of the flats have now been sold on an individual basis, and the council is working with their new owners, a management company and other organisations to ensure that the properties are ready for occupation and that services to communal areas are reintroduced.

Town councillor Kath Nisbit, also chairman of the Cowpen Quay neighbourhood framework steering group, said: “Residents of Cowpen Quay appreciate the efforts of the existing stock team in bringing this development back into use.”

County councillor Tom Brechany, the authority’s executive member for housing, planning and regeneration, added: “We recognise the impact unsightly vacant properties can have on an area and are constantly developing ways in which we can work with owners to bring homes back into use.”