Dear Selby District Council,

I am writing to you to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic 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?

Yours faithfully,

A McIntosh

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Please find attached acknowledgement letter for your recent Freedom of
Information request.

 

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Dear Sir/Madam

 

I refer to your recent request for information regarding information in
relation to long term empty properties.  I have now had an opportunity to
consider your request and my response is given below.

 

1)      Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty
Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic 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?  Yes, using internal resource.

4)      If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review
every single long term property? No, the council priorities properties in
high demand areas and of a style or size that meets our housing need
requirements.

5)      Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of
your Housing strategy?  Yes, and it is a one of the councils corporate
priorities.

6)      Does the council have a budget in place to help support the
reduction of empty properties?  Yes, we have a dedicated Empty Homes
Officer post

7)      How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during
2018?  £35,164

8)      Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty
property owners to help them bring properties back into use? Yes, we have
a range of grant and loan products available.

 

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Simon Parkinson

 

 

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Dear Simon Parkinson,

Thank you for your above response.

I have noted that you have not provided answers for the first two questions. Please can you complete the request by answering the questions shown below;

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty
Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic 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?

Yours sincerely,

A McIntosh

sparkinson@selby.gov.uk, Selby District Council


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Simon Parkinson, Selby District Council

Apologies.

The missing answers are as follows:

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic properties which have been empty for six months or older) - 366

2) What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019? - We continue to liaise with all long term empty property owners. We are in the process of acquiring an empty property through CPO and are enforcing sales on 2 properties. We are also negotiating the voluntary purchase of another 5 properties.

Kind regards

Simon

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