A row of derelict properties in Radcliffe is being brought back into use by Bury Council and Six Town Housing.
The four homes, in Albion Street, have lain empty for years and have blighted the neighbourhood, with complaints ranging from arson and fly-tipping to anti-social behaviour.
Previous owners continuously failed to bring them back into use, despite numerous attempts by the council to bring about a sensible resolution.
The council has now used Compulsory Purchase Orders to buy the properties, and is selling them to Six Town Housing – the arm’s length organisation which manages the council’s housing stock – to renovate them to be used for affordable accommodation.
Councillor Rishi Shori, cabinet member for finance and housing, said: “It’s disgraceful that decent local residents have had to put up with all the problems that leaving empty properties to rot can cause.
“It’s been a long process, but we have finally been able to acquire these houses which will help the ongoing regeneration of Radcliffe. There are around 3,500 people on the council’s housing waiting list, and this is an excellent example of partnership working, bringing long-term empty properties back into use for much needed housing.”
Emma Richman, Six Town Housing’s director of assets, said: “Six Town Housing is committed to acquiring and refurbishing these four properties, which have remained a blight in the neighbourhood for several years. They will be transformed into decent, affordable homes to rent, supporting Bury Council’s housing strategy.”
Press release issued: 15 March 2016.
Picture: Outside the Albion Street properties are Emma Richman and Cllr Rishi Shori.