Published: 16th Oct 2020

Local authorities in Wales are set to be given new powers to compulsory purchase vacant land and empty homes. The proposed new powers are included in a new consultation launched by the Welsh Government to ‘streamline and modernise’ the current compulsory purchase process. There are an estimated 30,000 empty homes in Wales, and the devolved administration said vacant land can be used to increase housing supply, as well as bring empty commercial and other properties back into use, helping to create new job opportunities in local communities. ‘In towns and villages across Wales, we see empty homes, former commercial properties and vacant land – which can often be a huge blight on local communities. Improving the delivery of homes in the right locations through the planning system is critical and we are determined to do everything we can to help build the homes people want, and help create jobs closer to people’s … (To read the full article, subscribe below)