Calico begins next stage of Burnley housing regeneration

Calico Homes is set to begin work bringing 30 more properties back to life as part of its Empty Homes Scheme in Burnley.

The programme, backed by £870,000 of funding from Homes England, has so far revived 97 properties through the first three stages, with the fourth set to be completed in August.

This, the fifth stage, aims to be complete by March 2022.

Working in partnership with Burnley Borough Council, the project has so far seen an associated reduction in numbers of crime and anti-social behaviour cases, helped to reduce homelessness in the area, and provided safe houses for those escaping domestic abuse.

It has also allowed several residents to move from poor quality housing in which they were living, to high-quality, affordable housing where many now successfully sustain long-term tenancies.

Wendy Malone, director of development at Calico Homes, said: "It’s brilliant that we can continue to move forward with Phase 5 of the Empty Homes Scheme. By renovating formerly derelict properties in the area, we’re able to create even more successful, safe neighbourhoods where people are proud to live."

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