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Architects asked to back empty homes campaign

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Housing charity the Empty Homes Agency is enlisting support from architectural groups for a hard-hitting campaign to force owners to fill empty private and public homes. It says that councils are ignoring pleas to fill 110,000 abandoned local authority and housing association homes. Some 630,000 vacant private homes add to the mounting problem.

save Britain's Heritage and Urban Forum have signed up to the Community Action on Empty Homes campaign, and have joined forces with Friends of the Earth and the National Homeless Alliance and won £190,000 from the National Lottery Charities board for a two-year campaign.

'This is more than a housing issue,' Horsey said. 'It's about environmental protection, relieving pressures on greenfield development, and stemming urban decline.'

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