Empty to plenty 

Jayden House
The Old Hare and Hounds in Breightmet was converted into 14 flats and renamed Jayden House.

Up to 900 empty homes in Greater Manchester will have been brought back to life by March 2015.

Under the Empty to Plenty campaign, the 10 Greater Manchester local councils are working with the Homes and Communities Agency and local housing associations to bring much needed properties back into use.

Amongst those homes brought back into use in Greater Manchester, Bolton Council, in partnership with Bolton at Home, will have brought more than 75 units of accommodation back into use in the borough.

These are a combination of single units and empty commercial properties converted to residential use following extensive refurbishment.

An example of this is The Old Hare and Hounds, Bury Road, Breightmet, which had been empty since 2008 after a decline in trade.

It has now been converted into 14 new flats and renamed Jayden House. The £400K refurbishment cost was met by a grant from the Empty to Plenty scheme and from investment by the owner.

The partnership began in its latest and largest project in August 2014, at a former printer’s workshop on Belvoir Street. This scheme, due for completion in January 2015, will create 18 new flats.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Kate Lewis, said: “This is good news for residents as well as for neighbours living next door to previously empty houses.

“The partnership between the council, Bolton at Home and HCA has enabled us to bring new life to unused buildings and create vital new homes.

“These has enables us to address some of the issues associated with long term empty homes, improve the environment for the wider community and address issues for neighbours living next or close to these properties.”

Chief Executive of Bolton at Home, Jon Lord, added: “We’re pleased to be in a partnership that’s doing so much to help bring back into use buildings and properties that have lain empty, improving areas and increasing the supply of much needed homes in Bolton.

“We have every intention of continuing to work with the council and private developers to build on this success, and look forward to adding to the numbers that we’ve already achieved.”

Marie Hodgson, the HCA’s Head of Area for Greater Manchester, said: “It’s great to hear about the positive impact our investment is making and to know that many more families in areas across Greater Manchester will be moving into refurbished homes in the coming months."


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