Hard to believe that there were not better options involving community-led housing.
There have been a fair few stories over the last two or three weeks about significant numbers of empty homes in Durham mining villages near Easington which demonstrate that the issues associated with "low demand" - and the search for solutions - are still very much alive.
In the news stories it is Horden in particular which has been singled out, with a claimed 130 empty homes owned by Accent housing association now slated for disposal and reportedly another 130 to follow.
This is a record of a Commons debate where Grahame M. Morris, Labour MP for Easington, raised the question of empty social housing in Horden, Co. Durham. Brandon Lewis answered on behalf of the government. The Column Reference is 265WH.