The Empty Homes Agency and myself have lobbied Housing Minister Grant Shapps several times to make the case that empty homes should be included in the New Homes Bonus Scheme.
I caught Grant behind the speakers chair on Tuesday night and he has accepted our campaign to include empty homes is worthwhile and they will now be part of the scheme.
I have raised issues about this particular scheme on the floor of the house of commons.
This is great news for Haslingden and Hyndburn which has some 2500 empties and therre is no need to build new homes with some exceptions. Elderly and displaced social housing.
Further consultation will take place and we will be campaigning to ensure the scheme makes sense and works for the people of the area and of areas blighted by empty properties.