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Empty homes in Burnley to be subject to compulsory purchase orders
2:07pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
WORK to tackle clusters of empty homes in Burnley is set to see more compulsory purchase orders for problem properties.
Homes in Dickson Street, Gannow Lane, Randall Street, Brennand Street, and Queensbury Road, will be made the subject of orders if councillors agree next Tuesday.
Burnley Lane, Gannow and Trinity were all earmarked to benefit from a £3.5million allocation from the government earlier this year, which should see 175 properties brought back into use.
Under the scheme, owners of empty homes would be offered loans of up to £10,000, which they must match themselves, to help pay for renovation work.
Coun Howard Baker, the council’s housing executive member, said: “Some of the latest properties are boarded up, and most of them are in a poor condition.
“Where possible, we will work with owners to reach an agreement to bring these houses back into use. If we can’t reach agreement, we will use CPO powers as a last resort. This is about improving the quality of houses across the borough, and boosting the quality of life for residents around them.”
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