SLDC offer grants for affordable housing

Owners of non-residential properties in the South Lakes could soon be offered grants to convert them into new, affordable homes. South Lakeland District Council could give up to £25,000 per new home to those wanting to convert their commercial properties.

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Grants will help make 'a really nice place' to live

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) are offering grants to anyone who will convert their commercial properties into affordable housing.

Grants of up to £25,000 per new home would be offered.

Last year SLDC granted a total of £150,000 to landlord Bob Hogben to help him develop six affordable flats at the former Victoria Tavern pub, in Longpool, Kendal.

“I have spent money on putting in special heating and doing extra work that has helped make it a really nice place to live for people. It really did work very well and the council helped me every step of the way.”

– Bob Hogben, Landlord

The Victoria Tavern development was finished in May and there were 64 applicants for the six flats, which have now all been filled.

Grants for landlords to covert commercial properties

Owners of non-residential properties in the South Lakes could soon be offered grants to convert them into new, affordable homes.

South Lakeland District Council could give up to £25,000 per new home to those wanting to convert their commercial properties.

In return rents must be set at affordable rates for a minimum of five years and tenants selected from the council’s housing register.

Remaining costs are met by the owner.

Councillors hope the grants will help to regenerate town centres by reducing empty properties.

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