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Council uses compulsory purchase order for the first time to buy abandoned homes in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 October 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council have used CPO powers for the first time. Picture: LBBD

Barking and Dagenham Council have used CPO powers for the first time. Picture: LBBD

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Barking and Dagenham Council has used compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers for the first time to buy three abandoned homes in the borough.

The owners of the three homes in the Dagenham Dock area will be forced to see them to the council and they will be turned into social housing after refurbishment.

Barking and Dagenham has one of the lowest number of empty properties in London, but still has 104 recorded as being long-term vacant.

Councillor Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for social housing, said: “We are determined to bring more empty homes back into use.

“With such a chronic shortage of affordable housing, the council will be looking to use enforcement powers against more owners who fail to cooperate with us.”

Last month Tower Hamlets Council used the powers to forcibly buy a £900,000 property in Bow after the back garden become “colonised by foxes”.

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