Derby City Council is planning to purchase selected properties within Arboretum ward over the next three years to address problems of urban decline and improve quality of life for local residents. The homes will be improved and then managed by Derby Homes, the city’s housing management company.
Property conditions in the Arboretum ward are frequently substandard, as are housing management practices by some private landlords. Derby City Council has identified this area as a priority for Neighbourhood Working interventions which aim to revitalise neighbourhoods and to work with local people to tackle the issues that matter to them ‘on their doorstep’.
Following a survey on a range of properties in the area, the inspections have identified improvement works such as:
- Upgrade of gas central heating
- Improvement to thermal insulation
- Replacement kitchen/bathroom
- Damp treatment
- Treatment of Japanese knotweed
Derby Homes is already implementing a range of neighbourhood management and community engagement initiatives to support the area. The planned purchase and improvement costs will be met through the Housing Revenue Account and the properties will be managed and maintained by Derby Homes to provide quality, affordable homes to rent within the area.
Councillor Fareed Hussain, Cabinet Member for Housing and Urban Renewal said:
Derby City Council is committed to providing a strong foundation with good quality, affordable housing being central to the growth of a stable community. This acquisition proposal will raise the overall standard and reputation of the intervention area along with the welfare of local residents.
Ian Fullagar, Head of Strategic Housing at Derby City Council said:
This initiative represents a cost-effective way to help deliver Derby City Council’s objective of maintaining the supply of good quality, affordable homes. The planned acquisitions programme and renewal activities will help to create a more stable, stronger and cohesive community within the Arboretum area.
The initiative is intended to primarily target empty properties, taking ownership with vacant possession. Occupied properties are not excluded from the proposal but will be considered for purchase if they are in poor physical condition and/or poorly managed or to address overcrowding.
Published: Thursday 9th March