Empty Homes Strategy Consultation

We would like to hear your views on the proposed Empty Homes Strategy, which sets out our plans for bringing empty homes back into use. At a time when the need for housing continues to be high, any empty home is a wasted resource. 

As of August 2021, west Cheshire had in total 4,827 empty homes, and of these 1,504 had been empty for more than 6 months. At the same time there were almost 6,500 applicants on our housing register. Returning empty homes back into use will help alleviate this issue as it is both cheaper and faster than building new homes.  

The Empty Homes Strategy aims to bring empty homes back into use. Bringing more homes onto the market will bring numerous benefits to the community, namely providing opportunities for more affordable housing. It will also help to decrease anti-social behaviour, reduce the risk to public health from unsafe structures and finally, help to maintain and improve the housing market.

We want to hear your views on how we can work with owners of empty homes to bring their houses back into use.

How to find out more and get involved

To get involved, please take a look at the following documents:

You can also fill in the online survey​ to share your views on the proposals. 

Other ways to take part:

  • Email: housingstrategy@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 0300 123 8 123 quoting ‘Empty Homes Strategy’
  • Request a paper copy by calling 0300 123 8123
  • Write to: Housing Strategy, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Council Offices, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE 

  • What will my views by used for?

    Your feedback is important as it will be used to help inform the development of the new Empty Homes Strategy for the borough and the priorities that the Council will put into place to help bring empty homes back into use.   

    What happens next?

    The final Empty Homes Strategy will go to Cabinet in Spring 2022, and if agreed, will be formerly adopted by Summer 2022. You will be able to find a copy of the feedback report on this page when it is published.


    Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, please use one of the methods below.
  • Email: equalities@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 0300 123 8 123 
  • Textphone: 18001 01606 867670​
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