I was really pleased to be invited to Maidstone to cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Boxley Road development in Maidstone.
This is the kind of Action on Empty Homes we want local authorities to take.
It is a great collaboration between partners on the ground and Kent County Council through their No Use Empty on an invest to save principle.
Accommodation Yes, the registered provider leading the development, have also taken action to build in very high environmental standards with heat pump technology provided GroundSun that means residents have domestic energy bills at £3 a week.
Most important of all, it is action focused on refurbishing empty homes for those who really need them. This project has created seven homes for people with mild learning difficulties. The people moving in have been consulted as the project developed so they felt they had a stake in the project.
One resident, who is soon to move into the building said: “I can’t wait to move in, it will be great to have a roof over my head and support services that will be on hand when needed.”
The project manager Iza O’Shea told me that they Accommodation Yes could not have achieved without the support of The team at No Use Empty. She said their encouragement and guidance made the success of the project possible.
So all-round a great development and I would like to congratulate all those involved, including Steve Grimshaw and the team from No Use Empty in Kent.
If you have examples of refurbishments that are meeting the housing needs of people who really need them then get in touch and let us have your story.
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