Calico buys up more empty homes in Burnley to renovate

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More empty homes in Burnley are to be brought back into use.

Burnley landlord Calico Homes has acquired funding to breathe new life into a number of empty homes across the town.

Calico has bought 35 properties in the Duke Bar, Stoops, and Accrington Road areas. Over the next three years, working in partnership with several agencies on the project, it will use the funding, acquired through the Government’s Empty Homes programme, to refurbish the properties that have been empty for some time.

Once renovated, they will be available for rent.

Calico is also looking to buy several more properties in the town over the next few years to add to its housing stock.

Mr Gary Rooke, a development assistant for Calico, said: “We’re proud and excited to start work on a project that will not only go some way to resolving the problems of empty homes within the town, but will also improve the conditions of the properties and provide good quality homes for rent for people in Burnley.”

The refurbishment will be carried out by Ring Stones Maintenance and Construction and work on the first six homes is due to start this month.

A number of apprenticeship opportunities will also be available on the scheme through Linkedup and Constructing the Future Lancashire.

Calico Homes now owns and manages more than 4500 homes in East Lancashire, providing social housing.

It is currently planning a £6m. new development of 66 homes on the Primrose Mill site in Harrison Street, Briercliffe, which many local residents are opposing.

But Calico says it aims to make a difference to the quality of life of individuals and the wider communities in which it works.

Anyone interested in find out more about apprenticeships with Calico shouldcall 0800 169 2407 or 01282 686300.