Amber Valley Borough Council’s has been awarded a £900,000 new homes bonus by the Housing Minister for work restoring empty properties.
Between October 2011 and October 2012, 136 empty properties within the Borough were made into homes again, compared with a total of 303 for the whole county.
The bonus also rewards the council for securing 70 new affordable homes to help the 2970 families on the housing register who are currently living in accommodation that does not meet their needs.
Cabinet member for decent and affordable places to live Cllr Norman Bull, said the bonus will be used to fund further work within the council’s Housing Strategy.
“The Council has a particular track record of bringing empty homes back into use and we continue to work with landlords on a range of initiatives that help people to get their properties back on the market to get much needed homes to those who need them”.