Examination of Witnesses (Questions 36-39)|
WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2001
36. Can I welcome you to the Committee. Could
you introduce yourselves, for the record, please?
(Mr Hughes) Thank you very much, Chair. My
name is Nick Hughes and I am a voluntary committee member of the
Empty Homes Agency. I would like to introduce my colleagues; they
are the ones who do all the work, and I shall probably be asking
them to answer your questions because they are much better at
it than me. Susan Heinrich, Rosie May and Clare Mitchell.
37. Thank you very much. Do you want to say
anything by way of introduction, or are you happy for us to go
straight to questions?
(Mr Hughes) We have given you a submission, which
I hope you have found helpful.
(Mr Hughes) And we are very happy to be in your hands.
Chairman: Thank you very much.
39. In your submission, you list a large number
of reasons for empty homes; what would you say are the two most
(Ms May) The two most important are low demand, that
perhaps we can address as question six, but also funding, and
from that probably the lack of an effective corporate empty property
strategy, taking into account planning and the inability at the
moment of local authorities to see empty homes as a wasted housing
resource in their local and regional planning guides.