Issue 12, July 2018

Matters

Long-term empty home undergoes remarkable transformation

A house in East Grinstead that has stood empty for over 20 years has undergone a remarkable transformation.

Mid Sussex District Council obtained a Compulsory Purchase Order for 125 Queen's Road in East Grinstead following a number of complaints from local residents about the poor condition of the property and the state of the gardens.

The Council tried for many years to persuade the owner to carry out the necessary improvements to the house but Legal Notices were ignored and the property remained empty and in a poor state of repair. 

The Compulsory Purchase allowed the council to put the house on the open market and find new owners that were willing to complete all the required improvement works and bring the property back into use.

The house was purchased in December 2017 and work started almost immediately to transform the rundown shell into 3 modern flats. The renovation work took just 3 months and was completed at the start of April 2018.

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