4 Apr

Empty home renovation 'better idea than eco-towns'

Empty home renovation 'better idea than eco-towns'

Existing properties should be renovated instead of the creation of new eco-towns, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The organisation stated that the government should be ploughing its resources into the redevelopment of these empty properties rather than building entirely new built-up areas.

Such empty dwellings could be fitted with green technology so that there is an environmental angle here as well, the FMB noted.

Director of external affairs at the federation Brian Berry noted that demand is spread across Britain rather than being saturated in one area.

He commented: "Given that demand for housing covers the whole of the UK it makes sense for every village and town to have new housing rather creating brand new settlements."

Mr Berry added that a "patchwork" of smaller projects could well be the alternative to the proposals.

This week the housing minister Caroline Flint revealed a shortlist of the government's eco-towns, including those at Coltishall, Norfolk and Ford, West Sussex.ADNFCR-1222-ID-18538198-ADNFCR

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