Latest Property Restored – 40 Bellevue Road, Ramsgate and Available To Buy

40 Bellevue RoadThe property boasts four bedrooms, study, family bathroom, master en-suite, two large reception rooms, kitchen/diner, utility room, balcony with sea views and a court yard garden. Inside this home you will find a few surprises especially on the top floor with the vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and velux windows flooding the rooms with natural light. The balcony looks straight down the middle of Augusta road directly out to the English channel. Time care and attention has been taken on the finish of this property, which will make a fantastic family home.

Kent On Sunday features No Use Empty

KENT ON SUNDAY

Dave Mairs looks at the scheme rejuvenating parts of Kent.

In 2005, Kent County Council began No Use Empty (NUE), aimed at getting abandoned and derelict properties back on the housing market, the success of which surprised organisres who this year celebrated their 3,000th restored home.

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3,000 Empty Properties Back Into Use In Kent

KENT’S NO USE EMPTY SCHEME REACHES 3,000 HOME MILESTONE

UK’s most successful empty homes initiative enjoys record year, returning 600 empty homes to use

No Use Empty (NUE), the empty homes initiative launched by Kent County Council (KCC) in 2005, has now returned a landmark 3,027 long-term empty homes to use.

The milestone has been reached after a record year, in which the scheme successfully returned 583 long-term empty properties to use as much-needed housing.

Over the course of 2013 KCC has approved loans totalling £2.5 million, making it a record year for investment. The scheme has received a total investment of £25 million, a third coming from  KCC’s Empty Homes Loan Fund, and two thirds from owners and developers. To date, the scheme has delivered new homes at a cost of just over £8,000 per unit, a fraction of the cost of new-build properties.

The 3,000 home milestone is significant as it means NUE has successfully tackled a third of the homes that stood empty when the initiative was launched in 2005.

NUE was launched in partnership with four local authorities (Shepway, Dover, Thanet and Swale).  Today all twelve authorities in Kent participate in the scheme, and in 2011 it was extended beyond the county with Bristol City Council and the West of England partnership launching their own empty homes initiative under the ‘No Use Empty’ banner.

The NUE scheme offers interest free loans (repayable in three years) of up to £175,000  (£25,000 per unit) to those wishing to revive long-term empty properties.  NUE has had further success this year, launching a partnership with social housing provider Amicus Horizon to create affordable homes, available for rent at 80% market value, as well as undertaking its largest ever project  (by financial value) and first office – residential conversion, which is underway on Sandgate Road in Folkestone.

NUE has inspired a number of other empty homes initiatives across the UK. Earlier this year charity Empty Homes and the UK Government launched the National Empty Homes Fund, which also offers loans to owners of empty properties to help fund refurbishment works.

Mark Dance, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said:

“Empty and unused properties can depreciate the value of adjacent properties by up to 18%, so this is an issue that goes way beyond bricks-and-mortar and impacts the wider social and economic wellbeing of an area.  No Use Empty has created 3,000 new homes to date, which not only represents a great return on investment, it has had a pronounced regenerative impact on some of the County’s more deprived areas.”

Steve Grimshaw, Regeneration Project Manager for No Use Empty at Kent County Council, said:

“Returning a third of the homes that lay empty when we launched the scheme in 2005 is a significant marker for us.  This has been a bumper year for No Use Empty, as we have launched our affordable homes partnership with Amicus Horizon, as well as issuing our biggest loan to date, which shows the initiative is evolving whilst still achieving its goals.  We are always looking for new projects to undertake so urge owners of empty properties to get in touch.”

South East Business features 1st AHP Project

SOUTH EAST BUSINESS OFFICE COMPLEX CONVERTED TO HOUSING

First project approved under NUE’s Affordable Homes Project is underway in Folkestone to create seven much needed Affordable Homes.

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Former Residential Care Home in Deal restored to create 11 apartments now available to rent

East Kent Mercury – July 2013

59 The Marina-1 (1)This freehold property situated on the seafront in the north end of Deal, with views overlooking the sea is a former residential care home built circa 1900’s remaining empty and boarded up for 5 years.

Several previous attempts to refurbish the property have stalled. Extensions were added between 1970 and 1990 making the building part single, two storey and three storey.

The new owners Marshborough Properties Limited, a family business (incorporated in 1996) bought the property in Oct 2012 and applied for a loan in order to assist in bringing this property back into use.

Planning was approved to create 11 units (1 x 3, 7 x 2 and 3 x 1 units). Parking is also available and the units are now all available for private rental.

An historic island landmark, built in 1882,empty for the last 13 years, is to be given a new lease of life

Sheerness Times Guardian – July 2013

1353494687 Sheerness Times Guardian 10 July 2013 Read Lewis Dyson’s report on yet another successful project undertaken with funding from Kent’s ground breaking No Use Empty Scheme featuring comments from the owner and Swale Borough Council Member for Housing, Cllr John Wright

Latest Property Refurbished Now Available To Let

Ferncroft, Kingsdown

PropSliderMain_photo-690-Spacious, detached, family house in quiet village location but within easy distance of the parade of local shops, school and beach.

Newly refurbished this property comprises : Entrance hall, large, dual aspect sitting room with patio doors onto terrace, fully fitted kitchen with walk-in larder, dining room, downstairs cloakroom, 4th bedroom/study, stairs down to utility room with access to the rear garden, stairs to Master bedroom with ensuite shower room, two double bedrooms and modern family bathroom.Integral garage, large rear garden and amply driveway parking.

A No Use Empty Loan was awarded in order to bring this long term empty property back into use.
The property is being marketed by local agents Colebrook Sturrock.

Effective Strategies & Interventions

03-05-2013 13;11;49Published March 2013

Compiled by Dr Jill Stewart (j.l.stewart@greenwich.ac.uk) for the CIEH as part as the Private Sector Housing Evidence Base

Featuring:

Page 24 : Margate’s private rented sector: delivering housing enforcement and family support in a seaside town

Jill Stewart, Maureen Rhoden, Anneyce Knight, Nevin Mehmet and Lynne Baxter

Page 27 No Use Empty: Kent’s Empty Property Initiative Steve Grimshaw and Andrew Lavender
PDF version Effective Interventions CEIH March 2013

Gravesham’s Empty Property Open Day – 30th April 2013

EMPTY PROPERTY OPEN DAY SURGERY
TUESDAY 30 APRIL 2013
9 AM TO 3 PM
GRAVESHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL, CIVIC CENTRE

Come along to our Empty Property Open Day Surgery and get free impartial advice about how we can help you reuse your empty dwelling as quality housing accommodation.

The aim of the initiative is to work with empty property owners to encourage the reuse of empty dwellings as quality housing accommodation.

The event is an informal occasion and opportunity to meet and discuss your property with an Empty Property Officer and Consultant who will be on hand to give free impartial advice to property owners or developers, covering topics including:

· No Use Empty Loan Scheme

· Financial and Tax incentives

· Clive Emson Land&Property Auctioneers

· Property Management – Avenue Lettings

· Advice on renting or selling your home – local agents

· Development opportunities

· General building and refurbishment advice

· Enforcement

If you’re not sure which option is right for you and your property or you just want to know how to access certain services, then this is your opportunity to find out.

Alternatively if you would like to book an appointment to discuss your property in more detail then please contact Mike Wade or Simon Doherty on 01474 33 7604/351 or e-mail

mike.wade@gravesham.gov.uk
simon.doherty@gravesham.gov.uk to arrange a time.

We will also showcase the Council’s first loan applicant who has just completed the refurbishment and are now offering the property for rent.

£5million worth of affordable housing opened by residents in Margate!

MUCH NEEDED AFFORDABLE HOUSING WORTH ALMOST £5MILLION WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED IN MARGATE ON FRIDAY (15 FEBRUARY).

RESIDENTS OF THE NEW HOMES AT DALBY SQUARE AND ALL SAINTS AVENUE HELPED THE MAYOR OF MARGATE, CLLR WILLIAM SCOBIE CUT THE RIBBON TO OPEN 41 NEW HOMES.

BOTH DEVELOPMENTS ARE PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN TOWN&COUNTRY HOUSING GROUP AND THANET DISTRICT COUNCIL WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S HOMES AND COMMUNITIES AGENCY (HCA) PROVIDING FUNDING GRANTS. KENT COUNTY COUNCIL’S NO USE EMPTY CAMPAIGN WAS ALSO INVOLVED IN THE DALBY SQAURE PROJECT.

20 NEW HOMES ARE LOCATED AT DALBY SQUARE. BUILT AT A COST OF £2.7M THE DEVELOPMENT PROVIDES 8 X 2 BEDROOM FLATS AND 12 X 3 BED HOUSES, ALL FOR AFFORDABLE RENT.

THE DEVELOPMENT COMPLETELY TRANSFORMS WHAT WAS WIDELY KNOWN AS THE NUMBER ONE ‘GROT SPOT’ IN THE AREA – THE DERELICT WARREN COURT HOTEL IN CLIFTONVILLE. THE BUILDING IS INFAMOUS FOR FEATURING IN THE 1989 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EDITION OF THE BBC’S ‘ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES’ – “THE JOLLY BOY’S OUTING” AS A DARKENED RUNDOWN HOTEL WHERE DEL AND RODNEY STAY ON A VISIT TO MARGATE.

WARREN COURT HOTEL HAD BEEN EMPTY FOR MANY YEARS AND A PRIME TARGET FOR VANDALISM, SQUATTERS AND ARSON ATTACKS. LAND ADJACENT TO THE HOTEL WAS ALSO GIVEN BY THANET DISTRICT COUNCIL TO ENABLE ADDITIONAL HOUSING TO BE PROVIDED.

THE NEW DEVELOPMENT MAINTAINS THE ORIGINAL FACADE OF THE WARREN COURT HOTEL IN ARTHUR ROAD WITH NEW BUILDING BEHIND TO PROVIDE 8 X 2 BED FLATS ON THE ARTHUR ROAD SIDE OF DALBY SQUARE.

SEVEN IMPRESSIVE NEW THREE BEDROOM HOUSES, SPANNING THREE STOREYS, EACH WITH THEIR OWN PRIVATE BALCONIES AND SEA VIEWS ARE ALSO PROVIDED ON THE FRONT OF DALBY SQUARE. THESE FAMILY HOMES ARE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT IN CLIFTONVILLE, AN AREA DOMINATED BY FLATS AND BEDSITS. THE DESIGN INCORPORATES SIGNIFICANT DETAILS FROM THE SURROUNDING VICTORIAN BUILDINGS, TO ENSURE THESE HOMES ARE IN KEEPING WITH THE AREA.

THE HOMES WERE BUILT BY CROUDACE PARTNERHSIPS LIMITED AND THE ARCHITECTS AND EMPLOYERS AGENTS WERE CHURCHILL HUI.

COLIN LISSENDEN, TOWN&COUNTRY HOUSING GROUP’S DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR IS DELIGHTED WITH BOTH SCHEMES:

“BOTH OF THESE DEVELOPMENTS ARE EYE-CATCHING IN VERY DIFFERENT WAYS….AS A TOWN MARGATE HAS A LOT TO OFFER AND I AM THRILLED WE CAN PLAY OUR PART IN HELPING TO REGENERATE THE AREA”

MARK DANCE, CABINET MEMBER FOR REGENERATION&ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AT KENT COUNTY COUNCIL ADDS:

“IT IS GREAT TO SEE MORE QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HOUSING BEING DELIVERED IN MARGATE. KENT COUNTY COUNCIL, IN COLLABORATION WITH THANET DISTRICT COUNCIL, HAS DEVOTED CONSIDERABLE RESOURCES TO CREATING MUCH NEEDED HOUSING IN THIS AREA THROUGH THE ‘NO USE EMPTY’ SCHEME, WITH THE WARREN COURT HOTEL BEING ONE OF THE FLAGSHIP PROJECTS. THIS WAS ONCE ONE OF MARGATE’S LANDMARK BUILDINGS, BUT IN RECENT YEARS HAS FALLEN INTO DISREPAIR AND BECOME A MAGNET FOR CRIME AND ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR. WE HOPE THE REBIRTH OF THIS BUILDING WILL INSPIRE FURTHER REGENERATION WORK BEING UNDERTAKEN WITHIN THE SURROUNDING AREA IN ORDER TO MAKE MARGATE A DESIRABLE PLACE TO LIVE.”