City council takes action to seize home in Norwich’s Golden Triangle

New life is set to be breathed into a city home which has long stood empty, after council bosses obtained an order to force the owner to sell it to them.

The home at Portland Street, pictured, in the Golden Triangle, has been empty for more than five years, so the council applied to the secretary of state for permission to snap up the home.

Under the terms of the compulsory purchase order, the owner of the home will be paid the value of the property.

The council will then put the property up for sale, so it can be bought by somebody who wants to renovate the property, so people can live in it once more.

Otis Hernandez, a housing officer at Norwich City Council, said: 'We have made the order and have had no objections, so I am hoping that the solicitors will say we can move forward shortly.

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'It's an opportunity for someone to get the property done up, so somebody can move in there. I know it's been empty for at least five years.

'I know the neighbours will be pleased because when I was pinning notices up on the property they came out to ask what was going on and said they hoped it would be sorted out soon.'

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Over the past 12 months, Norwich City Council has got more than 20 private properties back into use, including using a compulsory purchase order to get a home in Connaught Road, Norwich, sold at auction and inhabited again.

Figures released last summer revealed some 4,500 private homes in Norfolk had stood empty for more than a year, with the National Housing Federation claiming a 'chronic' shortage of homes was fuelling steep rent increases.

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