Project to tackle empty homesThursday 19th April 2012
Empty homes in parts of Great Yarmouth could be refurbished and brought back into use.
The borough council has identified more than 200 empty homes in the town, many of them unoccupied for more than six months.
Now a £250,000 project funded by the Homes and Communities Agency will set out to tackle the problem over the next three years.
The council aims to reduce the number of empty homes by at least 10% a year.
Its aim is not only to create new homes and breath new life into some area of Yarmouth but to generate work for local builders.
According to council estimates, it could cost an average of £20,000 to refurbish a typical three-bedroom house.