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