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Beverley Property Guide

From Monday, 5 to Friday, 7 December, it is the Empty Homes Agency’s ‘National Week of Action on Empty Homes’ which aims to identify and raise awareness of the problems with empty homes.

of Yorkshire Council has an empty homes team which is pro-active in tackling the problem of empty homes in the area and will be active on the streets of during the week of action.

It is vital that empty homes are brought back into use and the empty homes team will work with owners to achieve this. Most homes are brought back into use by informal negotiations with the owner, however, should this fail the home may ultimately be subject to a ().

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, and planning, said: “Empty homes blight communities and are a wasted resource which could otherwise be occupied. They are also known to attract anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping and vandalism.

“The empty homes team is focused on addressing this problem and will act appropriately to encourage the owners of empty homes in the Withernsea area to bring them back into habitable use.”

For further details or to report an empty home, call (01482) 396301 (selecting option 2) or email private.sector.housing@eastriding.gov.uk

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Two more derelict houses could be turned into homes again after they were identified as eye-sores by Council.

The council’s team is working towards compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) for the properties which will then be sold on to developers who agree to bring them up to a decent standard.

A notice has already been posted at a property in Lansdowne Road, , and the council is also preparing to take action at a property in which has drawn complaints from neighbours.

Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for cultural services, housing and public protection at the council, said: “Putting these properties back into use will not only provide homes for people, it will also help to keep the looking its best.

“The deterioration of an empty property can have a noticeable affect on the area. We can understand how people living near these properties feel, as they do not want to be affected by the possibility of fly tipping, anti-social behaviour or other problems empty homes can attract.

“Ideally we would always choose to work with the owners of an empty building to make sure it is put to good use, but where this is not possible we can choose to use a to resolve the situation.”

The latest CPOs follow recent success in Seaton Road, Hessle, where a derelict three bedroom mid-terraced property was bought by the council. After the council completed the CPO process The Lands Tribunal set a price of £65,000. The house was then sold on the market for £68,000.

Terms of the sale included a time scale for the new owner to complete the refurbishment work to the house, which will ensure that the property is renovated and re-occupied.

The result will be beneficial to the whole of the Seaton Road area and demonstrates that the council is dedicated to improving residents’ quality of life.

Three empty properties in will also be put back into use after the council negotiated to buy them from their owners, avoiding the CPO process.

Most empty properties are brought back into use by informal negotiation with the owner. Should that fail compulsory purchase under The Housing Act (1985) is the last resort to restore a home to use.

Anyone concerned about an empty property should contact Roger Curry, empty property officer, on (01482) 396016.

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A project to breathe new life into an area of looks set to move to the next stage as a has been confirmed.

Regeneration proposals which are a key part of of Yorkshire Council’s Advance Goole programme require the purchase of two properties in Richard Cooper Street. The council had tried to agree the sale of these properties, but this was not possible.

The secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles MP, has now confirmed the compulsory purchase order () for these properties.

All other properties in Richard Cooper Street and nearby Phoenix Street are already owned by the council.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby, OBE, leader of Council, said: “We are delighted to have been given the Government’s backing. Having listened to people living and working in Goole we know that they want answers about what the future holds for their town, and in many cases to see the project develop. This is a view that we share.”

The Government’s decision follows a public inquiry which heard from the council, the landlords who own the two properties which are the subject of the CPO, and other interested parties.

The public inquiry is estimated to have cost the council in excess of £15,000 in professional fees alone and further delayed its £9.79 million plans to redevelop the area.

Cllr Parnaby said: “To avoid delay, disruption and cost the council would far rather have agreed to buy these properties through negotiation, rather than facing this lengthy legal process. All of the other properties in the two streets were purchased by agreement and we are grateful to those property owners who were happy to work with us.”

Proposals include a mix of homes and open space for residents to enjoy and any proposed lay-out of the site would minimise the potential for crime, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

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