Call for empty homes to be brought back into use

More than 80,000 empty homes in the South-East could help tackle the region\'s housing shortage if they were brought back into use, according to Henry Oliver, policy adviser at the Empty Homes Agency.

In an address the Chartered Institute of Housing’s South-East Conference held in Brighton last month, Oliver said the re-use of empty homes should be a priority and called for local authorities to be monitored on their performance in this regard. Recycling empty homes can not only protect the historical and cultural fabric of communities butaccording to Graham Bell, vice-president of the Town and Country Planning Association, it’s a green option too.

Speaking at the conference, Bell revealed that recycling old building produces only 15% of the carbon emissions of building new homes.