Lib Dems and their Independent colleagues on Cornwall Council have launched their Empty Homes Plan to bring empty homes back into use.
The Empty Homes Plan supports resolution of most empty home cases through engagement with owners, but also enforcement action, including compulsory purchase, where necessary.
Many empty properties have been brought back into use by the Empty Homes Team, but greater effect is desired and the council is working to boost delivery.
Cabinet agreed that a long-term empty residential property and associated land in Redruth which is the cause of significant problems and community concerns will be subject to a compulsory purchase order. Apart from being a wasted resource, the property is dilapidated and has attracted crime and antisocial behaviour; and the associated land is substantially overgrown and attracting fly-tipping. The registered owner is understood to be long deceased, but despite investigations the Empty Homes team has been unable to confirm or engage with other interested parties.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Homes on Cornwall Council Joyce Duffin said, “The Empty Homes Plan will ensure that we continue to increase the number of affordable houses available to Cornish people as well as ensuring that our communities are flourishing.
“We will work with communities and partners wherever possible to bring empty homes back into use, and where necessary, we will use compulsory purchase orders to make this happen”.