COMPULSORY purchase powers have been used to bring an empty suburban home back into use.
Cheshire West and Chester Council says the property, at 11 Rushton Drive, Upton, is unoccupied and has been uninhabited for more than 10 years.
Its condition is deteriorating and attempts to persuade the owner to renovate or sell the property have been unsuccessful.
There are concerns its condition is affecting the amenity of the locality.
The borough’s prosperity portfolio holder, Cllr Herbert Manley (Con), was asked in a report to agree to compulsory purchase as a last resort to bring the property back into habitable use.
Cllr Manley approved the request and the order was advertised with no objections being raised.
It was then referred to the secretary of state who agreed the council could confirm the order.
Details can be seen at Upton Library on Wealstone Lane, Upton and in the council’s offices at HQ, 58 Nicholas Street.
The council points out that any person aggrieved by the order can challenge its validity in the High Court. This has to be done by early October.