This Strategy provides a framework for all activity within Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) aimed at bringing empty homes back into use.
It will supplement the previous strategy, which was approved by Cabinet in November 2018, which in turn replaced the Cwm Taf Empty Property Strategy that was produced jointly with Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council in 2014.
The need to have a distinct strategy for RCT going forward was in recognition of the high numbers of empty homes in the Borough, especially in the North, and the Council’s commitment to addressing the problem. It was also in appreciation of the continuing pressure to deliver affordable housing for residents of RCT.
Whilst most new housing supply will be delivered through new build developments, bringing empty homes back into use can offer an economically viable option, which can also contribute to increasing the affordable housing supply. At the same time, it will have a positive impact on existing communities by improving environmental and social conditions.