The suitably navally named Jutland Court, a complex of blocks of flats built for defence personnel at Faslane, was bought from the MoD by Osborne Interiors some time ago.
Left neglected and no in serious disrepair, we wonder if it might qualify for the Scottish Government’s Empty Homes Loans Fund, especially with Osborne Interior’s known interest in proving affordable homes in the Helensburgh area.
The Scottish Government has this morning [27th December 2012] announced a major tranche of funding from this scheme to recover empty homes across Scotland.
The fund exists to help private owners renovate empty homes in exchange for them being made available as affordable housing for at least five years.
There are around 25,000 empty homes across Scotland that are classed as long-term empty located in urban, rural and island communities.
Infrastructure Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, announcing the loans, says: ‘Empty homes are a blight on many communities across Scotland. Standing empty these properties are no use to anyone. Renovated, they could provide much needed new homes for hundreds of people. Bringing empty homes back into use makes sense because it is a cost-effective way of increasing the supply of housing available to families across Scotland’s communities.’
COSLA’s Councillor Harry McGuigan says: ‘The fund is a welcome contribution to Scotland’s overall housing stock, and will greatly assist local government’s empty home officers on making real progress locally in relieving housing pressure. Encouraging owners to bring housing stock back to the affordable rental market will make a valuable contribution in tackling homelessness, directly and indirectly, and remove what can be neighbourhood blight.’
The loans disbursed to date are detailed in a table here online. They show no awards – and possibly no applications from Argyll and Bute; but amounts totalling £4.5 million made to 15 local authorities in 17 applications submitted by housing associations, councils and house builders for a total of 438 housing units.
Jutland Court would seem to fit the eligibility criteria for this scheme.