New life for property damaged by fire
A HOUSE that has stood empty in Corby for almost five years following a fire, has been brought back into use thanks to help from the Corby Borough Council Private Sector Housing Scheme and the empty homes officer.
The fire at the property in James Watt Avenue left the house needing extensive repairs and it remained an eyesore and long-term concern for neighbours.
Corby Borough Council got involved as part of their Empty Homes Strategy and opened up discussions between the owner, the council and insurance company to find a way to move works forward.
Local building firm MPM did the refurbishment in just four weeks, including new roofing, windows, doors wiring, flooring, kitchen, bathroom, heating and works to clear the garden. The owner of the property has now been able to rent out the property and is delighted with the work. He said: “Without the help from Corby Borough Council I would not have been able to get this far. I couldn’t see how we could turn the house around.”
For information about the empty homes, contact officer Paul Palmer, on: 01536 464069.
Ahove: New tenants Natalie Horne and Shaun Mclaughlin have taken residence. They are pictured alongside Corby council’s empty homes officer Paul Palmer, the council’s private sector housing manager Amy Plank, and Cllr Mark Pengelly – council lead member for environment.