Corby house damaged by fire five years ago renovated

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A house in Corby which has stood empty for almost five years following a fire has been renovated and brought back into use.

The property in James Watt Avenue had been a concern and eyesore for neighbours, with extensive repairs needed and some issues unresolved.

But Corby Council, through its Empty Homes Strategy, has renovated the house in just under four weeks.

The repairs include new roofing, windows and doors, a full rewire, new flooring, new kitchen and bathroom, a new heating system and clearing the gardens.

Corby Council’s Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Mark Pengelly, said: “We have been working with the owner of this property for some time in order to try and get this long-term empty home back in to use.

“I am delighted that we have been able to assist the owner throughout this journey and that we can finally see the results of this work.

The house before it was renovated.

The house before it was renovated.

“Long-term empty properties are an eyesore and can attract anti-social behaviour.

“There can be many reasons as to why they are empty and often these reasons can be easily resolved with the right advice and guidance.

“I would encourage any owner of a long-term property who needs help to get in touch with our empty homes officer.”

The property owner said: “Without the help from Corby Council I would not have been able to get this far.

Damage to the inside of the property.

Damage to the inside of the property.

“I couldn’t see how we could turn the house around and get things moving so to say I am delighted is an understatement.”