Ring Stones has begun work on Phase 5 of the Empty Homes Scheme in Burnley.
Following the successful completion of three previous phases of the empty homes project, and with Phase 4 due to complete in August 2021, this next stage will bring to life a further 30 affordable homes.
Many of the properties had been left empty for many years and fallen into a state of neglect and disrepair, requiring extensive renovation works.
Positive feedback for the overall scheme has been strong, with an associated reduction in numbers of crime and anti-social behaviour cases, helping to reduce homelessness in the area, and provide safe houses for those escaping domestic abuse.
Last year, several empty properties were repurposed to provide housing for vulnerable individuals requiring a safe space to self-isolate during the pandemic.
So far, the wider Empty Homes project has revived a total of 97 homes. This next phase will create several new job and apprentice opportunities for Ring Stones. This includes several Kick Starter roles, which support 16-24-year olds at risk of long term unemployment.
This has also created a role for one administrative assistant, and two new on-site apprenticeships, with the possibility of more places being available later in the year.
Most team members are locally based, living in the immediate area, and Ring Stones use local suppliers for materials where possible.
Phase 5 will help to deliver further regeneration across Burnley and Padiham, improving the standard of housing in the wider community and neighbourhoods.
Ring Stones aims to complete by March 2022.