A long-term empty office building on Sandgate Road in Folkestone is to be converted into seven much-needed new homes, in what will be the first project undertaken by Kent County Council’s No Use Empty Affordable Homes scheme.
No Use Empty (‘NUE’), which has returned over 2,700 homes to use since its inception in 2005, is providing a record £236,000 to help transform the office building into seven new homes, which will be available at affordable rent.
The remainder of the refurbishments costs will be met by developers, Mr Sirajul Islam and Dr Mohammad Hossain, who acquired the property for £345,000 in February 2013.
The project has been undertaken in collaboration with Shepway District Council, a founding partner in NUE, and is the first time NUE has partnered with social housing provider AmicusHorizon who will handle the day-to-day management of the properties.
The property had been empty for five years. Steve Grimshaw, regeneration project manager for No Use Empty at KCC, said: “This is a landmark project and is the first time the scheme has delivered affordable housing.”