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Swansea Council looking at empty properties

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 02, 2013

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SWANSEA Council cabinet members have given the go-ahead for its empty property strategy to be reassessed.

The city and county is blighted with vacant private homes, which council leader David Phillips said were "bringing down the tone and quality of areas".

Cabinet members agreed a new draft empty homes strategy, which will be adopted as a basis for consultation.

In the city and country there are currently 1,828 long-term empty properties (meaning they have been vacant for six months of more).

Of these 238 have been empty for five years or more, and 105 for more than a decade.

The report before members said Swansea had a shortage of affordable homes, with 5,950 households on the council house waiting list as of October 2012.

It adds: "These empty properties represent a wasted resource and significant loss in council tax revenue."

Since 2008 Swansea Council has brought 112 long-terms empty properties back into use.

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