27 Jun

Could empty Portsmouth property help to solve the housing crisis?

Could empty Portsmouth property help to solve the housing crisis?

Making empty homes available as houses to rent in Portsmouth could help to curb the ongoing housing crisis.

Demand for housing continues to grow throughout the UK, which Empty Homes chief executive David Ireland does not believe is being addressed by planned housing developments.

He noted that housing waiting lists are currently at about four million in the UK and has encouraged ministers to look at alternative solutions for meeting demand.

"Living next door to an empty home is no fun at all," Mr Ireland explained. "By getting the property back into use, not only do you provide somebody with a new home, you actually deal with an environmental problem which exists at the moment."

Planning minister Greg Clark has called on fellow ministers to consider scrapping red tape to encourage a more fruitful use of empty buildings, suggesting that they could be transformed into new shops or spaces for community projects.ADNFCR-1222-ID-800600870-ADNFCR

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