Council to buy empty property

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Is there an empty property in your neighbourhood?

Senior councillors in Stafford have agreed to compulsory purchase a house in the town to bring it back in to use.

The house in Rowley Street has generated several complaints from local residents having been left empty for a number of years.

Members of Stafford Borough Council’s Cabinet approved the making of a compulsory purchase order, on Thursday, to buy the property so it can be brought back in to use.

Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“We have proactively brought back into use more than 135 properties over the last three years. And bringing empty homes back in to use will mean less land needs to be found for housing that the borough needs in the future. Empty homes can also be a blight to those living on the street – but they also have a wider negative impact in the community.

“Using this type of order is something we would only do when we have exhausted all other ways of trying to bring empty homes back in to use. The house will be sold on to provide much needed affordable accommodation in the town centre.”

Anyone concerned about an empty home in their area, or owning a property you don’t know what to do with, should contact the Council’s Housing Standards Team on 01785 619000 to discuss the options available.