Eyesore building is set for huge revamp

The house on Lansdowne Road that is up for sale.'Picture by Neil Silk  120968'02/03/12

The house on Lansdowne Road that is up for sale.'Picture by Neil Silk 120968'02/03/12

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A Bridlington eyesore looks set for a new lease of life after the Council announced its sale of the property last week.

11 Lansdowne Road was finally sold on Friday, subject to conditions stipulated by the council on its future use.

A condition of the sale is that the new owners must bring the property back into use as housing within one year.

11 Lansdowne road was the subject of a council compulsory purchase order in 2009 after the property had laid semi-derelict for around 10 years, acting as a dangerous magnet for vandals and vermin.

Paul Bellotti, head of housing and public protection at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council is keen to work with the owners of empty dwellings to encourage them to bring their properties back into use so that instead of causing nuisance and other problems to the neighbourhood, they can provide a home for someone.

“The majority of empty dwellings are brought back into use by informal negotiation with the owner.

“However, should that fail, the council has a range of options available to it, including compulsory purchase (which is taken as a last resort) to restore a home to use.”

“Empty properties are a wasted resource and, with its partners, the council will take every opportunity to maximise the use of all housing throughout its area.”

The purchase of 11 Lansdowne Road was the first time the council had used its powers of compulsory purchase under such circumstances and councillors are keen to emulate the success of a similar compulsory purchase and sale of a property in Hessle in Hull.

Originally built as a large private house more than 100 years ago, the three story building was converted into five self-contained flats and bedsits, which in later years had become the target of criminals.

Councillor Symon Fraser, Portfolio holder for Environment, Housing and Planning said: “This sale is great news. What we should now see is this large empty property refurbished, renovated and brought back into use.

“For all the residents who live nearby this will greatly improve their environment and their street scene.”

The council took the decision to use its powers of compulsory purchase after the dilapidated property had become a hazard to nearby residents and the previous owner was unco-operative when asked to make repairs, aside from boarding up broken windows.

It has been a long journey to get to this stage, and the process almost ground to a halt in September last year when it was discovered land registry plans of the property did not match its actual boundaries.

Thankfully however, the plans were amended and the council got the all clear to look for a new buyer for the property.