Homes from empty property

Brent Council marked National Empty Homes week by officially opening a formerly empty commercial building which now provides 17 new units of social housing.

Brent Council worked with the owner of Prospect House in Stonebridge to bring the property which had been empty and in disrepair back into use. The building had been empty since 2011 when the owner, Mr Jagan Vohra, contacted Brent Council in 2015 after hearing about the Empty Property Grant Scheme.

The building work took a year to complete and the property now provides 17 homes which are managed by Shepherds Bush Housing Association. Brent Council say they have returned over 100 empty properties into use in the last year alone.

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: “The lack of affordable housing is the single biggest challenge in Brent and this project is a brilliant example of working in partnership with a landlord and a housing association. This collaboration with Shepherds Bush Housing Association has provided accommodation which is providing a decent future for families and young people and we want to do more work like this.”

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