Hyndburn fly-tipping and empty houses cheer the council

ONE BOROUGH has seen a drop in reported illegal dumping and a reduction in the number of empty dwellings.

The good news was reported to Hyndburn Council’s Resource Oversight and Review Committee, which will meet on Monday, September 8.

A document from policy officer Stuart Sambrook to councilors summarizes the authority’s performance against its targets in 2021/22.

It says: “The number of reported fly tipped incidents decreased from the previous year by 596 reported incidents from the full year 2020/21.

“Significant progress has been made in reducing the number of empty homes in the borough.

“This is an encouraging sign for the Hyndburn housing market and reflects a number of policy initiatives including the empty home tax bonus, enforcement and licensing selective to owners.

“The number of new home completions has increased significantly in recent years, indicating that the housing market is showing signs of growth.

“The new home construction pipeline suggests growth will continue over the next two years.

“Currently 647 new homes are being developed on nine medium/large sites.

“In 2021/22, there were 218 new construction starts, indicating a strong pipeline of new housing construction with 175 completed during this period with a mix of tenures.

“The Master Plan Framework and Delivery Strategy for ‘Huncoat Garden Village’ was completed and approved by Cabinet on 20 October 2021.

“Together with Homes England, a business case submission for September 2022 is being prepared for £28.65 million to support the infrastructure costs of Huncoat Garden Village.

“A program to build more than 100 new affordable housing units should help reduce the number of households in need of rehousing.

“There is a trend of increasing the number of multiple occupancy homes (HMOs) through conversions with a high number of townhouse conversions to four-bed HMOs and therefore avoiding compulsory licensing.

“An increase in the number of disability facility grants awarded also reflects the higher

annual expenditure on DFG.

“The Council has seen a huge increase in the number of customers emailing us and using our online services.

“Over the past year, our customer contact center handled over 200,000 calls and 85,000 emails on a variety of

different topics.

“The housing tax collection rate was 2.21% lower than the target during the year.

“While the pandemic had impacted recovery rates as recovery options were limited by the government as no magistrate courts held liability order hearings in 2020/2021,

“The removal of these restrictions in 2021/2022 resulted in an improvement in collection rates compared to 2020/2021, showing an increase of 0.45%”.

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