There are millions of buildings lying empty in britain and it is irresponsible of the owners, these spaces often attract anti-social behavior in all shapes and forms as well as devaluing the surrounding properties.
Beyond this, there is a greater social need for housing and buildings in general. I'm sure as the budget cuts roll in we will see a reduction in the number of facilities available to our communities. Why not allow the empty spaces to become the youth centers, the libraries, the hostels, the galleries, the venues, the social housing that would otherwise be provided by the tax payer.
come on tories, this could be your big society !