Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has backed plans that have been outlined by the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government to get empty buildings around the country back into use.
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, has announced the Government’s plans for tackling the problem of empty buildings. The Secretary of State said that to protect our countryside, the Government needs to focus more growth in our town centres and now plans to introduce measures to make it easier to turn empty commercial buildings into housing.
The Department for Communities & Local Government stated that the Government is extending its successful refurbishment programme to bring an additional 5,000 existing empty homes back into use; by contrast, Labour was demolishing Victorian terraces under John Prescott’s top-down Pathfinder programme.
The Secretary of State said: “To free up more brownfield land for development and regeneration, we will accelerate the release of surplus public sector land and empty offices through a targeted programme of transfers from central government bodies.”
Commenting, Mike said: “Along with my calls to criminalise squatting, I have always been pressing for action to get empty properties back into use, so I am right behind the Government on this excellent news. Councils also have a large role to play in facilitating empty buildings having a function again by taking swift and firm action against irresponsible landlords.”