NUE featured on BBC The Empty Housing Scandal








Episode 2

The Empty Housing Scandal

BBC documentary consists of 5 episodes , currently available on their I-Player to view.

Our colleagues in Folkestone & Hythe District Council and Thanet District Council are featured.

Host Matt Allwright investigates why homes are being left empty and what can the local authorities do to bring them back into use.

NUE funded project in Folkestone features in Episode Two – watch from 35m 40s

Matt meets local developer who has transformed the property into 8 apartments and catches up with one of the new tenants.

NUE Supports accommodation for vulnerable adults

Boxley Road, Maidstone

Accommodation YES has been supplying accommodation for vulnerable adults in Maidstone for the last 30 years. However, this building, which has been converted into 8 self-contained flats, is different from those of other domiciliary support agencies, because 239 Boxley Road has been designed to be energy efficient and environmentally forward thinking. This building is CO2 free by the use of the most effective, up-to-date, sustainable energy technology, utilising solar panels and an air source heat pump.

The use of an air source heat pump will bring each of the residents’ heating costs down to as little as £3 per week, which is substantially below the national average for each person of £25 (according to whilst ensuring NO CO2 emissions in our community.

This project has been funded with the assistance of Kent County Council’s ‘No Use Empty Homes’ scheme, and grant-funding was also received from LoCASE to fund the additional insulation required to effectively run the heat pump.


Westbrook House, Folkestone – 8 new homes available now for rent

Former school building: Westbrook House, Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone returned to use

Thanks to a combination of private funds and loans from NUE (an interest free loan, a top up loan from Folkestone and Hythe district council and an interest bearing loan), a local family owned company acquired the property in 2017 and have transformed the former school building which closed in 2008 and remained empty whilst a number of planning proposals came and went.

The property was a magnet for anti-social behaviour. But now in just under a year this building has been restored to a very high specification offering contemporary living combined with many original features.

A total of 8 apartments are now available each one benefits from gas central heating and has one allocate car parking space.

For example the two bedroom apartment offers a modern fitted kitchen, open plan living, French doors leading to garden, master bedroom with en-suite and a second bedroom with en-suite.

This stunning executive style apartment is conveniently located close to Folkestone West Station and its high speed rail links to London and M20 connections.

The apartments are being marketed for rent and further details can be found on the  Motis Estate  website.

All funds loaned under NUE have already been repaid and the local developer is on the look out for a new project and is keen to work with NUE again ensuring his team are kept busy and able to provide work opportunities.

Watch the NUE Promotional video which includes footage of this project and an interview with the local developer and our wider regeneration work in Folkestone.