From derelict building to dream home: Empty shops and offices in Luton to be transformed into family houses


Empty shops and offices in the town centre will be transformed into 30 new family homes thanks to a £600,000 government grant.

The funding is part of a national Housing and Community Agency Scheme, and they will work with Luton Borough Council, Omega Housing and Aldwyck Housing Association to bring the derelict properties back into use.

Once completed, 30 Luton families will come off the housing waiting list and move into quality homes they can afford to live in.

Councillor Tom Shaw, portfolio holder for housing, said: “This is fantastic news for Luton as it will ensure a number of local families can move into affordable homes that they so desperately need. These properties have been a real eyesore for the area so I am very pleased to have worked with both Omega and Aldwyck to make this happen.

“Empty homes are not only a wasted resource and a financial burden for owners, but also attract crime, arson, vandalism, squatting and antisocial behaviour. We will therefore continue to work closely with homeowners and residents across Luton to bring empty properties back into use.”

A council spokesperson said announcements about which properties are to be transformed will be made once purchases are complete as until then the locations are commercially sensitive.

Representatives from Omega Housing and Aldwyck Housing Association said they were proud and delighted to be working on the project.

Homeowners who would like to renovate empty properties can apply to the council for help in the form of assistance and grants.

If you own an empty home, or think a house is not being lived in, call 01582 54 63 70 or email