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Action to bring empty homes back into use

Published on Friday, November 16, 2018

TWO houses which have stood empty for several years are set to be brought back into use.

Leicester City Council plans to make Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) on properties at 344 East Park Road, Spinney Hills, which has stood empty since 2015, and 213 Duncan Road, Aylestone, which has been vacant for almost two years.

Both properties are in a rundown condition and complaints have been made.

The council action follows numerous attempts by the city council’s empty homes team to contact the owners of the properties, but the properties have remained unimproved and unoccupied. Now, the city council will move to use its CPO powers to acquire the properties and bring them back into use as homes.

Cllr Andy Connelly, assistant city mayor for housing, said: "We only consider Compulsory Purchase Orders as a last resort, preferring to work with homeowners wherever we can.

“However, when a house has been empty and neglected for a long time, it can become an eyesore and create problems for neighbours.

"It’s important that we take action to bring such properties back into use, preventing them from having a detrimental impact on neighbours and helping to boost the number of much-needed homes that in the city."

The combined market value of the two three-bedroom properties is in the region of £290,000.

Leicester City Council will cover its purchase costs by selling the houses to new owners, who must undertake to bring the property back into use within an agreed timescale.

All local authorities must comply with Government guidance when acquiring a property by means of compulsory purchase order.