Friday, 11 January 2013

New bid to target empty homes

A new scheme to target long-term empty homes in Ipswich has been launched by the Borough Council.

“Report it empty” allows members of the public to make the Council aware of properties they believe have remained unoccupied for more than six months.

Empty homes can cause problems to neighbours, fall into disrepair and in some circumstances attract anti-social behaviour. The scheme gives residents thepower to help Council staff identify these homes and allow an investigation to be carried out.

Over the past year, Ipswich Borough Council has introduced a number of new tools to tackle empty homes, which have proved to be successful. It is hoped “Report it empty” will help continue this success by providing an extra link to the public to report homes that might otherwise have slipped through the net.

Councillor John Mowles, the Council’s Housing portfolio-holder, said: “We are determined to tackle empty homes in the town. Most could be brought back into use to house families in need of accommodation and we offer advice and support to owners. It is important to remember that an empty property raises no income for the owner; an occupied property provides a home and income.

“We don’t want to see homes remain empty for any longer than is absolutely necessary. The advice and incentives will, wewould hope, be sufficient to achieve this in the majority of cases. However,the Council does have Compulsory Purchase Powers (CPO) that can be pursued if necessary and we are prepared to take that path as a last resort if all else fails. In fact, a decision to serve notice of compulsory purchase has been taken in respect of six properties in the past six months.”

If you own an empty home and would like further information on the schemes to help you bring it back into use please contact the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team on 01473 433000.

5 comments:

Paul West said...

My four for starters:

Bourne Park Lodge
Soane Street Lodge
North Lodge, Belvedere Road
The Gatehouse, Chantry Park

Empty for a combined total of 40 years.

All council owned.

Alasdair Ross said...

Paul
We are currently renovating the lodges and they will then go onto the rental market

Elizabeth Sutton Reeves said...

I have been interested for years in North Lodge on Belvedere Road! Any idea of who the lettings agent for this property will be please...?

Elizabeth Sutton Reeves said...

I've been interested in North Lodge (Belvedere Road) for years! Any idea who the lettings agent for this property will be, and when it will be available...?

Alasdair Ross said...

Contact IBC and they will let you know the first lodge has just been occupied they will put you in touch the the agents