Action planned for derelict properties in Ilfracombe

Montebello site

Posted on: 12 March 2019

Action is planned to help tackle the problem of two derelict properties in Ilfracombe.

At a recent meeting (Monday 4 March), North Devon Council’s Executive members agreed with recommendations to explore a potential compulsory purchase of the Golden Coast and Montebello sites in Ilfracombe.

Planning enforcement notices have already been placed on both sites by the council for improvements works to make them safe, with some works carried out at the council’s expense. Exploring the possibility of a compulsory purchase of the sites aims to eliminate the risk of the sites deteriorating further and forcing more expense on the council.

Golden Coast site

Lead Member for Economic Regeneration at North Devon Council, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “The decision to explore the potential for a compulsory purchase of these two properties is great news for residents and visitors to Ilfracombe. The properties are in two prominent positions within the town, namely the seafront and Fore Street, so it’s vital that we protect these areas.

“If we decided to proceed with a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) it will come back to our Executive Committee for further consultation, but it’s a step in the right direction. It shows that the council will intervene and take action on sites across the district which have an unhealthy impact on our communities and neighbourhoods.”

As well as exploring the possibility of a compulsory purchase, the council will continue negotiations with the site owners for them to deliver viable developments. Yesterday’s decision by Executive members follows over 10 years of effort by the council to encourage development work without success.

If the council chooses to proceed with the CPO, the cost of purchasing the properties would be covered by development partners, who would work alongside the council on the projects.

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