A report from the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care is attached. This seeks authorisation to make a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in respect of 39 Aylands Road, Enfield, EN3 6PW, an empty residential property. (Key decision – reference number 3789)
(8.40 – 8.45 pm)
Councillor Ahmet Oykener (Cabinet Member for Housing) introduced the report of the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care (No.97) seeking authorisation to make a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in respect of 39 Aylands Road, Enfield, EN3 6PW.
NOTED Enfield’s on-going commitment to bring empty homes back into use wherever possible. The property in question had been empty for 8 years following the death of the previous owner. The statement of reasons for seeking a compulsory purchase order, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report was noted. Attempts would be made to bring properties back into use through negotiations wherever possible.
Alternative Options Considered: NOTED the alternative options which had been considered as set out in section 4 of the report.
DECISION: The Cabinet agreed to authorise
1. The making of a Compulsory Purchase Order (Order) in respect of 39 Aylands Road, Enfield, EN3 6PW, under Section 17 of the Housing Act 1985 and the Acquisition of Land Act 1981 (as amended by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004) as shown on the plan (appendix 1 to the report).
2. The preparation of an Order, and supporting documentation and the taking of all necessary steps (including the conduct of a Public Inquiry if necessary) to obtain confirmation of the Order by the Secretary of State.
3. (a) the acquisition of the property (compulsorily) following confirmation of the Order, the payment of compensation and statutory interest and the instituting or defending of proceedings where necessary; or
(b) the acquisition of the property by purchase by agreement, with terms for the acquisition to be delegated to the Assistant Director Community Housing Services (Housing) and the Assistant Director for Finance, Resources and Customer Services (Property); and
4. The disposal of the property in accordance with the Property Procedure Rules.
Reason: The compulsory purchase of the above property, and its subsequent onward sale, would produce a quantitative and qualitative gain to the borough’s housing stock, would assist in the achievement of the Council’s housing strategies and would turn an existing eyesore into a much needed home. They would address the Council’s strategic supply, regeneration and sustainability objectives, together with the Government and Mayor of London’s expectations cited in the report.
(Key decision – reference number 3789)