Council forces refurb of derelict property

Hounslow Council has threatened to CPO a run down terraced property in Chiswick to force the owner to bring it back into use.

The council say they have been working to try to encourage the owners of the property in Devonshire Road, Chiswick to bring it back into use, but after exhausting all avenues, the council applied for a CPO to take ownership of the property to bring it back into use.

As a result of this action, the new owner has signed a legal agreement with the council to refurbish and bring the property back into use by February 2013, and a planning application has been submitted.

Cllr Steve Curran, cabinet member for education and housing, said: “Neighbours have been complaining about this property for years, and despite promises it remains in its uninhabitable state.

“By obtaining the CPO we now have the power to take ownership of the property, but we hope the fact we have done this is enough to spur the owner into action.

“If we don’t see any improvement by the deadline, we will use our powers to make sure it is brought back into use.”

The property currently comprises a derelict ground floor commercial unit and a 2 bedroom first floor flat. It has been uninhabited for years, and has been the subject of a petition to the council and numerous complaints from nearby residents.

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