Compulsory purchase order recommended to West Norfolk council over former village store in West Rudham

A Compulsory Purchase Order could soon be made on an eyesore which has blighted a popular Norfolk village for several years and is now deemed to be in a potentially dangerous condition.

A derelict semi-detached house, shop and former petrol filling station known as London House, on Lynn Road, East Rudham, has been on Norfolk County Council's Buildings at Risk Register since 1998 and is ranked category A, as being at immediate risk of further rapid deterioration.

The owner was sent Urgent Works Notices in 2003 and 2005 ordering work to be completed to ensure the safety of the building.

But on both occasions, due to non-compliance, West Norfolk council arranged for the work to be done, costing a total �11,658, excluding VAT.

It is intended for these costs to be recovered through the CPO.

A report for members of the borough council's cabinet, which is due to meet on Tuesday, recommends the approval of a CPO.

It states: 'The building is Grade II listed and categorised as a building at risk because of its poor and potentially dangerous condition. It is unoccupied and in its current state is considered detrimental to the character, appearance and general wellbeing of the village.'

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The report adds: 'The council has been under considerable pressure from the parish council and local residents to take action in relation to this building for several years and they would fully support the council executing the CPO powers.'

The building is in a prominent position in the East Rudham conservation area.

It is on the main road through the village and opposite the green and The Crown Inn pub.

The report states that extensive repair work is needed to make the building safe and the council has tried several times without success to negotiate the preservation of the building with the owner.

The council does not have the financial resources to carry out the necessary repair work so would look to pass this obligation on to a private owner.

The report states: 'It is intended that by operating in partnership with the prospective purchaser, the promotion and execution of an order will be relatively cost-neutral to the council.'