Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses (Questions 36-39)

WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2001

DAVID COWANS

NICK HUGHES, SUSAN HEINRICH, ROSIE MAY AND CLARE MITCHELL

Chairman

  36. Can I welcome you to the Committee. Could you introduce yourselves, for the record, please?  

(Mr Hughes) Thank you very much, Chair. My name is Nick Hughes and I am a voluntary committee member of the Empty Homes Agency. I would like to introduce my colleagues; they are the ones who do all the work, and I shall probably be asking them to answer your questions because they are much better at it than me. Susan Heinrich, Rosie May and Clare Mitchell.

  37. Thank you very much. Do you want to say anything by way of introduction, or are you happy for us to go straight to questions?
  (Mr Hughes) We have given you a submission, which I hope you have found helpful.

  38. Yes.
  (Mr Hughes) And we are very happy to be in your hands.

  Chairman: Thank you very much.

Mrs Ellman

  39. In your submission, you list a large number of reasons for empty homes; what would you say are the two most important ones?
  (Ms May) The two most important are low demand, that perhaps we can address as question six, but also funding, and from that probably the lack of an effective corporate empty property strategy, taking into account planning and the inability at the moment of local authorities to see empty homes as a wasted housing resource in their local and regional planning guides.


 
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