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Responses to the New Homes Bonus proposals

January 14, 2011

You might be interested to know how other organisations have responded to the New Homes Bonus proposals. Alll are broadly in favour of extending them to empty homes with more or less enthusiasm. Click on the links to download the responses from the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the House Builders Federation. (Note: some members have reported problems following the HBF link. It seems you will have to have an RTPI login. You can get one, and belong to the RTPI/CIH Housing and Planning network without paying for full membership of the RTPI).

EHN revised response to EDMO proposals

January 11, 2011

We have now produced a substantially revised response to the CLG proposals to change the EDMO legislation. The revised response...

EDMOs - Pickles acts to protect empty homes owners

January 7, 2011

Eric Pickles has announced that EDMO powers are to be curbed. This was first reported by the BBC (see and we now have the press release on our website. The exact changes have yet to be agreed although it is clear what the intention is and we can be fairly sure that there will be a requirement for the home to have been empty for 2 years and in some respect a "nuisance". There is not going to be a formal consultation process but we have the opportunity to feed into CLG on the issue who have contacted us...

Local Sustainable Homes – Book Review

January 6, 2011

Local Sustainable Homes: How to Make Them Happen in Your Community, by Chris Bird Transition Books (2010) £14.95, paperback, 240pp,...

EDMOs alive and well in Oxford

December 14, 2010

News stories like this one about Oxford's first EDMO of a home empty for 15 years are useful not only...

Parliamentary exchange on empty homes

December 8, 2010

There's been an exchange in Parliament about empty homes, with Andrew Stunell putting forwards the Government perspective. The brief debate can be found here. The minister specifically mentions EDMOs as a tool that local authorities can use. He mentions "tripling" the investment in empty homes, which presumably refers to the £100M. We are not sure how the tripling is calculated as there is no way of disaggregating from HCA figures the amounts specifically spent on empty omes. But we guess this in relation to Temporary Social Housing Grant only. When asked whether the government had a quantitative target to reduce...