Use it or lose it!

Turn unused office space into affordable and unique housing for people wanting to make Bristol their home.

Why the contribution is important

Unused office space is unattractive and wasteful. Housing is in short supply and people would benefit from the space being used more efficiently.

by Stevedore on November 19, 2013 at 08:03PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 4.4
Based on: 15 votes


  • Posted by stepher November 21, 2013 at 08:06

    Or force it to be rented out for start-up businesses at peppercorn rates
  • Posted by Mgillespie200 November 23, 2013 at 08:47

    Agree with the point that new homes are being built, when the high street is shrinking and office space is empty. Onus is on the planning department to make this shift work.

  • Posted by yhin November 24, 2013 at 11:03

    Agree with both comments! And also let's turn the lights off in these buildings at night. What a waste....
  • Posted by HamishW December 08, 2013 at 22:23

    Brilliant idea! Unused office space in the city centre is really unattractive and a complete waste.
  • Posted by Bryony December 09, 2013 at 14:16

    yes! fill the empty spaces before development of new.
  • Posted by RachelP December 12, 2013 at 11:29

    Perfect. Rent in this city is sky high for what you get. I understand it's not quite as simple as using as housing due to the licences you need in place for something to be rented as a home, but of the council could make it easier to get these licences and promote the benefits that would go some way to help.
    Also, I do firmly believe that land owners that hold on to buildings for so long (refusing to rent them to business or individuals)that they fall apart, should be penalised.
  • Posted by bwhitlock January 08, 2014 at 20:21

    Good idea, but would need a lot of overseeing, isn't there already an empty homes policy which targets how many empty homes are brought back into the rented sector with council help?
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