Empty Homes Conference 2018 – 18th October 2018

The 2018 National Empty Homes Conference will be held on Thursday, 18th October 2018. 

And, as always, the programme features a wide range of informative sessions and great speakers.

The Conference will be held at Maple House, in Birmingham.

To make a booking please contact Claire Hope: 
07917 794589



  • 09.00 to 10.00 Registration and breakfast
  • 10.00 to 12.50  Morning Sessions
  • 12.50 to 13.10   Empty Homes Awards
  • 13.10 to 14.05   Lunch
  • 14.05 to 16.45   Afternoon Sessions

No Use Empty will present the Practitioner of the Year Award.





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.

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”.










No Use Empty completes flagship project in Herne Bay

 £3 million project to return former Bun Penny pub to use as 14 apartments

No Use Empty, Kent County Council’s pioneering initiative to return empty homes to use, has just completed a £3 million project to deliver new homes on the site of the former Bun Penny pub in Herne Bay.

The project is one of the largest ever undertaken by No Use Empty, which has returned over 5,000 homes to use since 2005.

The conversion of the Bun Penny pub has been undertaken in partnership with local developer Mr Onal Tevfik. Having acquired the former pub – which has been abandoned for five years following a fire – he applied for a loan from No Use Empty Loan fund to unlock the redevelopment. No Use Empty provided £175,000 – the maximum amount available through the scheme – which enabled him to embark on the £3 million project to deliver 14 high-specification apartments.

The project has delivered a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments, five of which are already sold.

No Use Empty was launched in 2005 as a means of return Kent’s 9,000 empty homes to use as much needed quality housing. The scheme is delivered by Kent County Council, in partnership with all twelve borough and ward councils, and was the first initiative in the UK to offer interest-free loans to help owners refurbish empty properties and return them to use as units for private sale or private rent. Loans of up to £175,000 are available through the scheme (£25,000 per unit created), which is repayable in five years, and recycled back into the scheme. To date, No Use Empty has administered loans totalling £18.9 million, which has unlocked investment from owners totalling £23.9 million.
Mark Dance, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Kent County Council, said:
“This project not only returns one of the area’s eyesore buildings to use, it injects new life into Herne Bay. Empty homes are a blight on our towns and communities, and returning them to use not only creates much needed new homes it has a wider regenerative effect, supports the value of nearby properties and encourages further investment.”

Steve Grimshaw, Programme Manager for No Use Empty said; “The former Bun Penny pub had become an eyesore in Herne Bay, attracting vandalism and anti-social behaviour. We are very pleased to see the building back in use as much needed new housing, and the fact that five are sold already underlines there is huge demand for aspirational homes in the area. We would encourage owners of other empty properties in the Herne Bay area to get in touch as we find new ways to rejuvenate the town and attract new people to work, live and visit.”

Thanet District Council – What is the Empty Property Initiative doing to increase the number of available homes?

Bringing homes back into use

The council is committed to reducing the amount of empty property in the district to increase the number of homes available, and to improve the local area.

Report an empty property to us

If you know of an empty property near you, let us know about it.  If you are the owner of an empty property and would like our help, please tell us.

Watch our video explaining how to get in touch.


Homes Under The Hammer – Grace Hill

Homes Under The Hammer – Dover Road


Britain’s Empty Homes Back in Kent 2013

Maidstone, Shepway and Thanet as featured on BBC’s Britain’s Empty Homes Nov 2013 showcasing the work of our Empty Property Officers.