Herefordshire Council has made a compulsory purchase order (CPO) on a derelict property in Overross Farm, Ross-on-Wye.
One of the council’s priorities is to tackle the issue of derelict or abandoned homes, and bring empty properties back into use. This helps to improve neighbourhoods and communities, as well as providing much needed accommodation for Herefordshire people.
To achieve this, the council works proactively with owners, through a range of initiatives, to help bring the county’s empty properties back into occupation.
However sometimes the council’s intervention is unsuccessful and a property can remain empty for a considerable length of time. In such cases such neglect of land and property can have a detrimental impact on neighbouring properties and the surrounding area. Under such circumstances enforcement action, including compulsory purchase is considered.
Jane Thomas, housing manager, said: “Enforcement action is a last resort. It is only when all other options have been exhausted that we do this. We have been trying to resolve this particular case for several years and have reached a point where we need to take action.”
The council has made a CPO to purchase the property, and issued the necessary statutory notices. Those affected will now have the opportunity to raise any objections.
If the CPO is confirmed by the Secretary of State, after consideration of any objections, then the council intends to sell the property at public auction to a new owner so that it can be brought back into use and create housing in this popular market town.