The local authority has set up a dedicated councillors group to look into the issue and is asking local people to help identify suitable properties.
The Group is particularly interested in identifying properties which are located in residential areas, are in a poor condition and have a detrimental effect on the local area.
Cllr Christine Raybould, Chair of the Empty Commercial Properties Task and Finish Group, said: “Engaging with the public on these matters is key. The Council tries to keep the number of long term empty properties in the city as low as possible and recognises that every empty commercial property represents a wasted opportunity to either house people or provide a base for business growth and employment.
“Turnover in the market will lead to some properties remaining vacant for longer periods than others, but it is those properties which remain empty for six months or more that give rise to concern. Through the work of this Group we are hoping to identify properties across the city which could be suitable for conversion to residential use and contact owners to see if they have considered this.
“There is the potential to increase housing availability within the city in these times of ever increasing demand. We would encourage local residents or businesses to come forward and let us know of any suitable sites or, if they have an interest in a specific site.”
Members of the public can provide address details and pictures of unused commercial properties by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01392 265110.
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