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.

 

 

 

Latest Property Restored – Lynton Parade, Edgar Road, Cliftonville

Lynton Parade, Edgar Road, Cliftonville

This property had been empty for 5 years before the new owners took on the challenge to bring the property back into use with the support of No Use Empty.

Located in the heart of Cliftonville, Margate, the property now provides 4 modern apartments.

If you are looking for your first home, then one of the apartments has just come onto the market.

Neutrally decorated throughout it’s ready for you to put your own stamp on it.

 

For more details contact Oakwood Homes

Property includes:

  • * 3 Bedrooms including en-suite shower room with master bedroom
  • * 2 Bathrooms
  • * Fully Double Glazed
  • * Full Gas Central Heating
  •    Share of Freehold

Edgar Road – 5 Years Ago. The entire parade has now been regenerated and former empty properties are now back into use and ready for occupation.

Community Housing and Self Build Conference 28th June 2018

 

Dover District Council are hosting the 2018 Community Housing and Self-Build Conference on the 28th June 2018 from 1.30pm to 5pm at Innovation House, Discovery Park, Sandwich.

The conference will bring together community groups, land owners, developers, consultants and Community Housing and Self-Build experts.

All who are interested in delivering Community Led Housing in the Dover District are very welcome to attend this free event which includes workshops, Q+A sessions, exhibitions and a chance to network.

To book your place go to: https://bookwhen.com/communityevents

No Use Empty will also have a stand where you can enquire about our empty property loan scheme.

 

 

 

 

UK Housing Awards Winners

Celebrating success – the winners all gathered    at the end of the ceremony for a group photo

No Use Empty (NUE) scooped the award for ‘Outstanding approach to regeneration’ at the UK Housing Awards event at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in central London.

The UK Housing Awards, run by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing, is the largest and longest running awards in the sector and is now in its third decade.

Steve Grimshaw, NUE Programme Manager and Jackie Gibb, NUE Project Officer were joined by colleagues Stuart White (Dover), Iain Cobby (Folkestone & Hythe),  and Simon Doherty (Gravesham) to collect the award.

Our congratulations go to all those who entered. For more details visit Inside Housing.

Mark Dance, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, KCC said “An incredible achievement! A huge thank you from me on your win as you know I am a great fan of NUE”.

Steve Grimshaw, NUE Programme Manager said “To receive such a prestigious national award for bringing long term empty properties back into use was a huge surprise given the competition. Well done to all those who work in partnership with NUE”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the love of architecture

Sensitive and passionate about Margate’s precious architectural heritage.

Read this feature to find out how this empty unloved crumbling property in Princes Street was brought back into use.

“I’d always rather repair than replace,” Sam Causer says. “That way you can enjoy and live in these buildings because they have the passage of time embedded in them.”