Tag Archives : Empty Homes


Plymouth celebrates empty homes success so far

Plymouth City Council is celebrating the success of its ongoing empty homes work as four more properties, which between them had been empty for more than 33 years, become available again. In November the Council reported that three derelict homes were being sold at auction. Four months have passed since the auction at Shobrook & […]


Owner breathes new life into derelict former post office with help from Council

A Plymouth resident is breathing new life into the old post office he used to buy sweets from as a child and turning it into two new homes with help from the Council. The old post office at The Quay in Oreston has been empty for over 20 years but Steve Cooke is rebuilding the […]


Council gets tough on eyesore empty properties in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is getting tough on eyesore empty homes in the city with a compulsory purchase order and an untidy land notice in the same week. As part of the ongoing #EmptyHomesPlym campaign a house that has been empty for more than 20 years is being sold and another that is overgrown is also […]


Empty home trashed by former tenants given a new lease of life thanks to Council help

A long term empty property in Plymouth that was trashed by former tenants has been brought back into use with help from Plymouth City Council. Brian and Vivien Packer were contacted by the Council as part of its ongoing work to bring more than 700 empty homes in the city back into use. Mr and […]


Plymouth City Council welcomes tougher action on empty homes

Tougher action on long term empty home owners is among the measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequor, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond this week. The announcement of an increase in council tax for landlords who allow properties to remain empty has been welcomed by Plymouth City Council, which is working hard to tackle […]


Three long-term empty properties sold at auction as Plymouth cracks down on empty homes

  As part of Plymouth City Council’s ongoing work to bring empty homes in the city back into use, the council is pleased to announce that three long term empty properties were sold at auction last week via Shobrook auctioneers. The Council recently launched the #EmptyHomesPlym campaign as part of a drive to bring some […]


On track to deliver pledges that make a difference

Plymouth City Council is on track to deliver the priorities it has set to improve life for its residents, both now and for the future. A progress report on the 19 pledges the administration has committed to deliver is being submitted to Cabinet to highlight some of the key achievements made over the last three […]


Own an empty home in Plymouth? You could get up to £50,000 to help bring it back into use

Owners of empty homes in Plymouth are being urged to take advantage of a new scheme that provides up to £50,000 support to breathe new life into their properties. As Empty Homes Week (16 – 22 October) gets underway, Plymouth City Council is encouraging owners of some of the estimated 750 empty homes in the […]


Council to provide help to get empty homes back into use

More empty homes will be enabled to be brought back into occupation in Plymouth, after Plymouth City Council agreed more support for empty home owners. The Council has agreed the Empty Homes Financial Assistance Policy, which enables empty home owners to apply for financial assistance up to £50,000 per unit of accommodation, up to a […]


Plymouth City Council to invest £1 million in tackling empty homes

Plymouth City Council is accelerating its work to bring more empty homes in the city back into use. The Council has approved investment of £1 million to bring 375 homes in the city back into use to meet the needs of local people. Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery for Plymouth […]


Plymouth praised in national research on Empty Homes

Plymouth has been held up as an example of good practice for its work on Empty Homes in newly published national research. The research – Affordable Homes From Empty Commercial Spaces – published by Empty Homes (a national campaigning charity) and funded by the Nationwide Foundation, features a number of case studies, including Hoegate House, […]


Thousands more homes and jobs for Plymouth approved

A major £80million plan for 5,000 new homes over the next five years which will also create 2,000 construction jobs and training opportunities has been approved by Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet. The second phase of Plan for Homes, covering 2016 – 2020, was agreed by the Cabinet with 20 new initiatives which will: Help Plymouth […]


Compulsory Purchase Order on Widey Lane as Council tackles empty homes

Plymouth City Council has served a Compulsory Purchase Order on a house that has been a derelict eyesore for years. The Secretary of State has approved the Council’s application for a CPO on the house in Widey Lane which has been subject to vandalism and anti-social behaviour. The site was where the Council launched its […]