Council may buy empty home after six years of complaints

PUBLISHED: 15:21 22 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:21 22 June 2016

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A house in Worle which has remained empty since the mid-1980s may be bought by North Somerset Council as part of a compulsory purchase order.

The authority has been fielding complaints about the home at 276 High Street since 2000.

Executive members will decide whether to proceed with a compulsory purchase order at its meeting on Tuesday.

A report for councillors says: “Previous attempts to encourage the owner to bring the property back into use have failed.”

The council is allowed to buy land or houses, as long as it increases the supply of houses in the area.

The report adds: “Having exhausted all informal and formal approaches to the owner, the compulsory purchase of the property is the only option available to the council if this property is to be brought back into use and reduce the impact on the community.”

The council carried out repair work on the home’s windows in 2009. The owner was billed, but the debt is still outstanding.

However, officers regularly receive complaints about its appearance, and officers describe it as a ‘tremendous waste of valuable housing resource in an area of high demand’.

The house has been valued, but the amount has not been disclosed.

Any money spent on buying it would be put back into the council’s affordable housing budget once it is sold, which will probably be at auction.

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