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Council compulsory purchases problematic empty property

Overross Farm in Ross-on-Wye, HerefordshireHerefordshire Council has completed its first compulsory purchase of an empty property at Overross Farm in Ross-on-Wye.

The farmhouse was granted planning permission in 1997 to be converted into two dwellings, however to date only one half has been completed, with the remainder being left in a derelict and problematic state, creating an eyesore for local residents and attracting vermin.

Council officers have negotiated with the owner for a number of years, in an attempt to encourage the property to be brought back into use. Once it became clear this had failed, the only option remaining was to issue a compulsory purchase order (CPO).

The CPO was confirmed by the Secretary of State after reviewing all the evidence and the owner agreed a purchase price with the council. It’s intended that the council will sell the property via auction or private tender with conditions attached to ensure it’s renovated for residential use.

For any enquiries regarding the sale of the property, please contact Suzanne Garlick, estates management officer on 01432 260689 or sgarlick@herefordshire.gov.uk.

Tags: Housing