Long Term Empty Properties

Rhys Thomas made this Freedom of Information request to High Peak Borough Council

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I am writing to you to request the following information:

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Domestic Properties as of the 20th May (those properties which have been empty for six months or older)
2) What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?
3) During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal resource or a third party?
4) If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every single long term property
5) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your Housing strategy?
6) Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of empty properties?
7) How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018?
8) Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

Thank you very much,



Your reference number is HPFOI2019/20-0102


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High Peak Borough Council

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Dear Sir

Thank you for your request for information which was received by the
Council on 21 May 2019.

I am advised that the Council’s response to your information request
regarding the above is as follows.

Q1. I am currently awaiting the relevant service area to confirm this
information and will respond to you no later than Monday, 24 June 2019.

Q2. The service area is working through actions identified in Empty
Property Strategy action plan which is available on the Council’s website.
This includes:

-Development of Council web pages to offer relevant advice and information
and provide a channel to deal with empty property queries. These outline
Council interest in empty properties and enforcement powers.  Also options
for bringing an empty home back into use – to sell, let and improve the

-Council Tax letters with a questionnaire survey developed. These shall be
sent to all empty property owners during the summer period. Analysis of
responses will identify why properties remain empty and what action/
assistance may help to effectively bring properties back into use.

-Reviewing current initiatives and models for bringing empty homes back
into use.

-Evaluate enforcement options.

-Review Council Tax Discounts and Exemptions Policy.

Q3. Yes, using internal resource.

Q4. Desktop review undertaken with property visits in some instances.  A
Statmap location plotting exercise considered the distribution of empty

Q5. Housing Strategy to be reviewed.   An individual Empty Homes Property
Strategy is available on the Council’s website.

Q6. No specific budget identified at present.

Q7. 2018/19 net expenditure temporary accommodation - £15,748.76.

Q8. No specific financial support /loans for empty properties
currently, business proposals will be given consideration.

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Yours faithfully


Jenny Atherton
Freedom of Information Officer
High Peak Borough Council

Tel:  0345 129 7777



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