REGENERATION chiefs have welcomed a major cash injection from the Government aimed at revamping empty homes.
Hartlepool has been awarded £1,116,812 by the Government for a range of schemes across town involving Hartlepool Borough Council, Housing Hartlepool and Hartlepool NDC Trust.
The money will be used to buy and renovate 17 properties across town, including Morison Hall on the Headland.
Nationally the Government is pumping £91m into refurbishing and bringing back into use more than 6,000 empty and derelict homes and commercial properties.
The schemes to receive government funding include two Housing Hartlepool-led schemes worth £340,000 for 11 properties, a scheme to bring five houses back into use involving Community Campus 87 worth £425,800 and £350,012 for a Hartlepool NDC Trust scheme to revamp Morison Hall, which has been empty for a number of years and is still fire damaged from an arson attack in 2007.
Civic chiefs have welcomed the news and say the money will help “transform” areas of the town which have been blighted by empty and derelict properties.
Hartlepool Borough Council has also already set aside around £1.3m which will be used to bring back into use dozens more empty homes.
Labour councillor Robbie Payne, chair of the council’s regeneration services committee, said: “This is great news for the town and I would like to thank officers for their hard work in winning such vital investment.
“The funding announced is another piece of the town’s empty homes jigsaw.
“It will enable us to resolve some of the difficult, long-term empty commercial buildings across the town through extensive refurbishment and to provide good quality, well-managed, affordable accommodation for residents of Hartlepool.
“These projects are great examples of partnership working in the town to address the blight caused by empty and derelict properties and alongside other empty homes initiatives will help to transform areas of Hartlepool.”
Communities Minister Don Foster said: “This will bring people, shops and jobs back to once abandoned areas, and provide extra affordable homes we so badly need.
“We have already made very good progress, cutting the number of long term empty homes by 40,000.
“But with thousands of people in this country desperate to buy a home and areas still suffering problems of urban blight we must go further still.”
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