AN abandoned property that became a magnet for vandals and youths causing anti-social behaviour was transformed as part of a £135,000 scheme.
The property at 179 Ashlands Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, was completely redeveloped by Broadacres Housing Association (BHA). It follows a partnership between the housing provider, Hambleton District Council, Northallerton Town Council and Homes England to bring the two-bedroom home back to a liveable standard.
BHA, which has many homes in the Ashlands Road area, was approached by the town council after complaints were made about the state of the privately-owned end-terrace property.
The organisation does not have the power to compulsory purchase the property, so it contacted Hambleton District Council, which does have this ability.
However, rather than going down this often long and difficult route, the council opted to broker discussions between BHA and the owner of the property. This resulted in the owner agreeing to sell the property to the association.
BHA subsequently received funding of £40,000, from Homes England, the Government body responsible for delivering new homes, to put towards the cost of the redevelopment.
Work included removing the trees, shrubs and weeds that had obscured the entire front of the property and tidied the garden, installing new double glazed windows, kitchen, bathroom, electrics, roof, cladding and gas combination boiler.
The most important work was around energy efficiency, BHA said. This was improved thanks to insulated rendering, internal wall insulation and cavity wall and loft insulation. The old gas and electricity meters were replaced with smart meters so the new tenant can keep track of how much energy they are using.
“To say this property was an eyesore would be an understatement. It was an overgrown jungle outside and the inside was no better and you can only imagine what it must have been like to live next to it,” said Gail Teasdale, BHA’s chief executive. “With fantastic support from Hambleton District Council, we seized on the chance to purchase this property so we could transform it into the modern, beautifully insulated home it now is.”
Leader of the district council, Councillor Mark Robson, added: “We were delighted to be able to step in and rid this area of the anti-social behaviour this house was attracting. It has undergone a complete transformation.”