Empty Derby building is turned into much-needed homes
A BUILDING in Derby that has been empty for six years has been transformed to provide 23 flats for council tenants.
Harrington House, in Pear Tree, has undergone a facelift and, together with other properties on the Portland Road site, has started taking in residents.
Derby City Council and Action Housing have been able to dip in to part of a £100 million Government pot to help pay for the development. Action Housing has signed a 10-year lease on the property and so far six tenants have moved into the building.
The move comes before National Empty Homes Week, which starts on Monday and aims to highlight the need for empty properties to be converted into housing for those on low incomes.
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Councillor Baggy Shanker, cabinet member for housing and advice at Derby City Council, said: "This is a wonderful development and one that will take people off the council waiting list and into affordable housing.
"It is vital that we as a council look at the problem of empty homes in the city. Schemes like this show we are determined to work hard and explore avenues that can achieve this.
"The empty homes team at the council have identified two other developments in the city – in Parker Street and Kedleston Street – that will form part of a second phase of this project."
The accommodation is being let through the city council's housing register, which currently contains around 7,000 people.