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Council grant scheme helps to bring empty properties back into use

04 August 2017

Six new properties have been created in Shepton Mallet thanks to the hard work of a local family and an empty homes grant from Mendip District Council.

Tom Flamsteed - Empty Homes

The Flamsteed family bought the large property in Longbridge, Shepton Mallet in 2014 after it had been sitting empty for seven years, Although it had previously been converted to four flats and two houses, the property had mostly remained uninhabited but thanks to the Flamsteeds, a grant from Mendip District Council and a loan from Wessex Resolutions Loans these six properties are now being modernised and brought back into use.

Empty home grants are open to anyone who owns a property that has been empty for six months or more and are designed to help homeowners with the costs of repairing or improving their empty home for rental, to sell, or to live in themselves.

The council also offers an empty home loan, in conjunction with Wessex Home Improvement Loans, for larger projects which allows owners of empty homes to borrow up to £15,000 from the council to repair or improve their property as part of a low-cost loan. There are options to spread the repayment back over five to 15 years, with no early repayment fee. Repayments only start after one year or when the property is sold or let, whatever comes first.

Cllr Nigel Woollcombe-Adams, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Growth and Housing Services, said: "As a council we are committed to bringing the district's empty homes back into use and are keen to work with people such as the Flamsteed's to ensure this happens.

"Many homeowners are unaware that the council may be able to offer them financial support to bring their empty property back into use and I would urge them to get in touch as soon as possible to see how we might be able to help them."

To find out more about the support available from the council to bring empty homes back into use contact our Private Sector Housing Team on 0300 303 8588 or privatesectorhousing@mendip.gov.uk

Last modified: 08 August 2017