Ealing Council secured its first ever premises closure order on a commercial site on the former Northcote Arms pub, at 49-53 Northcote Avenue, Southall in November 2012. The law prevents this closure order from remaining in force permanently, so the council has agreed to take further action.
The owner, Woodhouse Care Homes, was granted planning permission in 2010 to develop the site into a residential care home but work has stalled, the building is derelict and as a has been vandalised and used by drug dealers, prostitutes and rough sleepers.
The council has agreed to begin negotiations to buy the site from the owner.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of the council, said: “We have given the owner lots of opportunities to develop the site, yet it remains an eyesore. It is simply not acceptable for them to continue to make the lives of the local community a misery. We have been left with no choice left but to take further action.”
The cabinet also agreed in principle that a compulsory purchase order would be sought from the courts if negotiations failed.