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Compulsory purchase plans hatched to turn derelict building into social housing

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government

Islington Islington

Islington Council is taking steps to compulsory purchase an empty three-storey building and bring it back into use as new social housing.

The building, on Hornsey Road, was last used as a pool room and community shop in 2003, and has stood empty since.

Last year, the council wrote to the owner to inform them the building was being considered for compulsory purchase.

And in September the council also served notice on the owner to carry out work on the building because its condition was having a detrimental effect on the neighbourhood.

Now the council's executive has agreed to make a compulsory purchase order to buy the building and turn it into homes, preferably social housing.

Cllr James Murray, the council's executive member for housing and development, said: "This building has stood empty for many years, and is an eyesore for the nearby area.

"At the same time Islington has a housing crisis, so we are taking action to compulsory purchase the building and bring it back into use as badly-need housing."

The compulsory purchase order will be submitted it to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, who has to confirm it before it can be implemented.

The owner has the opportunity to appeal.

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