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Winners revealed for £41m Empty Homes funding

The 65 winners of £41m in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency have been named.

The funding is set aside from the Affordable Homes Programme to tackle long-term empty properties that need financial intervention to come back into use.

This is the second round of allocations under the programme, with 133 schemes set to benefit, delivering almost 2,000 new affordable homes across England.

£70m of the total of £100m in Empty Homes funding is being administered by the HCA.

According to data collected by local authorities, empty homes account for 3 per cent of the English housing stock, with 734,000 vacant dwellings at the end of September 2010.

Out of those, 301,000 are in the private sector, accounting for 1.6 per cent of all private sector stock.

The largest chunk of the homes receiving funding in this round will be in the Midlands, with 560 homes and £9.7m in funding.

The North-east and Yorkshire and the Humber will see £11,522,648 in funding, going towards 496 units, while the North-west will see 465 units benefiting from £8.9m.

Areas such as these boast some of the highest concentrations of empty homes.

The East and South-east are set for £4,867,605 over 252 units, while the South and South-west will see 166 homes benefit from £5.8m in funds.

Priority for the second round was given to the refurbishment of empty commercial and non-residential properties, with 35 per cent of allocations going towards non-residential properties. 

The biggest single benificiary was the Greater Mancheseter Combined Authority, with a grant of almost £7m to cover 386 properties.

The next biggest funding allocations went to Hull City Council, which will receive just over £4m, while £2.5m will go to Raglan Housing Association.

HCA chief executive Andy Rose said the response to the funding had been “encouraging”, showing a strong appetite and scope for the scheme.

Communities minister Don Foster said: “The government is doing everything possible to tackle the problem of empty homes and urban blight. This funding will bring people, shops and jobs back to once abandoned areas, and provide extra affordable homes we badly need.”

The full list of allocations is provided below:

ProviderOperating AreaGrantUnits
Action Housing and SupportNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£560,00030
Adactus Housing Association LimitedNorth-west£183,0006
Aldwyck Housing GroupMidlands£600,00030
Ashley Community & Housing LtdSouth and South-west£433,23024
Barnsley MBCNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£335,00022
Birmingham City CouncilMidlands£900,00045
Bridgwater YMCASouth and South-west£1,063,31036
Brighton & Hove City CouncilEast and South-east£620,00031
Cannock Chase District CouncilMidlands£220,00010
Cheltenham Young Men’s Christian AssociationSouth and South-west£590,00016
Chesterfield BC (URB)North-east, Yorkshire & TH£230,00013
Christian Alliance Housing Association LimitedSouth and South-west£760,00040
Circle Anglia LimitedEast and South-east£225,0005
Coast and CountryNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£1,850,000100
Contour Homes Limited/Symphony HousingNorth-west£60,0004
Corby Borough CouncilMidlands£880,00040
Cornwall Rural Housing Association LimitedSouth and South-west£286,7502
Crewe YMCANorth-west£387,50015
Derby City CouncilMidlands£144,0008
Doncaster MBCNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£839,00047
Dover District CouncilEast and South-east£110,0005
East Riding Of Yorkshire CouncilNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£205,14416
Eastbourne Borough CouncilEast and South-east£360,00020
Empowering People Inspiring CommunitiesMidlands£200,00010
Family Housing Association (Birmingham) LimitedMidlands£280,00014
Futures Housing GroupMidlands£430,00043
GMCANorth West£6,862,780386
Heantun HA LtdMidlands£310,00015
Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing AssociationEast and South-east£1,564,00060
Hinckley and Bosworth BCMidlands£90,0006
Housing Hartlepool/Vela Housing GroupNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£340,00011
Hull City CouncilNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£4,045,00099
Keelman Homes/The Gateshead Housing CompanyNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£100,0005
Kettering Borough CouncilMidlands£206,00014
Leazes HomesNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£90,0005
Leeds City CouncilNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£440,00026
Leicester City CouncilMidlands£300,00020
Livin Housing LimitedNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£360,00020
Longhurst GroupNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£21,0006
Mansfield District CouncilMidlands£447,49812
MBC DudleyMidlands£36,0002
Middlesbrough CouncilNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£336,00010
Newark & Sherwod DCMidlands£62,0008
Nottingham City CouncilMidlands£1,560,000130
Paragon Community Housing Group Limited/Transform Housing & SupportEast and South-east£793,00041
Plus Dane Housing GroupNorth-west£1,262,60550
Raglan Housing Association LimitedSouth and South-west£2,581,00029
Redcar & ClevelandNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£650,00025
Regenda LimitedNorth-west£100,0004
Sandwell MBCMidlands£345,00010
Strategic Estates LtdNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£160,00020
Sussex Central YMCAEast and South-east£450,10530
Tees Valley Housing Limited/Fabrick GroupNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£450,00018
Teignbridge District CouncilSouth and South-west£100,00020
Thanet District CouncilEast and South-east£300,00015
The Glendale Gateway TrustNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£351,5049
The Havebury Housing PartnershipEast and South-east£235,50010
The Swaythling Housing Society Limited/RadianSouth and South-west£229,20011
The Wrekin Housing Trust LimitedMidlands£400,00010
Thurrock CouncilEast and South-east£210,00035
West Lindsey Midlands£420,00020
Windrush Alliance UK CICMidlands£255,00030
WinnerNorth-east, Yorkshire & TH£400,00020
WM Housing GroupMidlands£600,00020
Wolverhampton City CouncilMidlands£575,00045
TOTAL £40,790,1261,939

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