Abandoned property must be turned into much-needed temporary accommodation.
Work is due to begin on the West View property in Blanford Forum after being unoccupied for several years and in poor condition.
The double-fronted property will be converted into six bedrooms to provide stable accommodation for those in dire need of a roof over their heads.
The property has been identified by a team that searches for vacant homes and works with owners to renovate them into good quality homes.
The team secured funding and it was purchased directly from the owners by Dorset Council in 2021.
Builders will begin work to create the bedroom for the two-storey property shortly.
Councilor Graham Carr-Jones, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Safety, said: “Not only will these be much needed stepping stones to a more stable future for people in the Dorset Council area, they will become an asset to Blandford.
“By buying long-term empty properties like West View, the council will give people respite in much-needed accommodation with the support they need to move into more permanent accommodation and use the money in a more sustainable way than high-cost accommodation. . accommodation in bed and breakfast. »
New residents could be in the renovated property by the new year.
A social housing representative will be available to help residents plan and support their decisions to move to permanent housing.
In addition to the internal renovation, the facade of the property will be upgraded to bring it in line with other well maintained properties in the area.
In the meantime, there may be disruption to neighbors and motorists during delivery of materials and removal of commercial waste.
The council apologizes in advance for any inconvenience caused during the work which will be completed by the new year.
A spokesperson for Dorset Council said: ‘Dorset Council is committed to working with registered housing providers, community land trusts and housing partners to provide suitable and decent accommodation.’ There is also a commitment to provide the right housing options, including temporary accommodation, care homes, supplementary care, supported housing and affordable housing to buy and rent. »
If you are aware of a long-term empty property that the council could use for accommodation, contact the team via www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/-/empty-homes