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Empty Homes Network writes to Andrew Stunell with £100M suggestions

About 10 days ago we followed up the letter we wrote to Grant Shapps in November about the £100Million captial for empty homes with a further one to Andrew Stunell where we offered more detailed proposals about how the money should be distributed. We accepted that the HCA was probably the best agency to distribute the funding, but we re-iterated our view that the immediate beneficiaries should be local authorities. We proposed that councils should bid for the money against well-researched valuie-for-money criteria.

Local Sustainable Homes – Book Review

Local Sustainable Homes: How to Make Them Happen in Your Community, by Chris Bird

Transition Books (2010) £14.95, paperback, 240pp, ISBN 978 1 900322 768; Kindle edition also available.

(This review is also available in PDF format - see attachment at end of review)

The localist road to sustainability

If you want to know what localism might look like translated into actual housing projects, then this book gives you all the practical examples you could possibly hope for.