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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The future of derelict homes in the borough will be debated by cabinet members.
Council officers are seeking permission to make Compulsory Purchase Orders on five properties as they aim to reduce the number of empty homes in Havering.
The order would enable the properties be purchased without the consent of the owner.
This follows discussions between the homeowners and council, which failed to resolve the issue.
A decision will be made on the houses in Harold Wood, Rainham, Upminster and the two in Romford at the next Cabinet meeting on December 11.
Approval will see the properties sold to either private developers or to individuals for renovation.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Lesley Kelly, said empty homes can do “great harm” to the community.
“We won’t stand for this, which is why we are driving forward our plans to curb empty properties and get them back into use,” he said,
“We would only enact a compulsory purchase order after exhausting all available channels. In this case we are at that stage and I await cabinet’s response eagerly.”
The council say purchasing empty houses can reduce squatting and the antisocial behaviours that can accompany it, such as rubbish dumping, vandalism, arson, drug taking, and other nuisances.