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Date published: 16th October 2018
This property in Fakenham had stood empty since 2008 and was in a very poor state of repair.
Following the death of the owner, the executors of the will refused to engage with the Council and would not apply for probate to transfer the legal ownership of the site.
In circumstances like this one, the Council is left with little option but to consider compulsory purchase of the property. At this stage, the executors appointed legal representatives who went on to engage with the Council’s solicitors.
During this period, the Council was approached by a developer who had recently acquired the redundant church and the outbuildings in the courtyard behind the property in Oak Street. The property was key to the access of their development and it therefore made sense to all concerned for them to make an offer for the property.
The case ended with the two parties agreeing a sale price and in 2017 the property was sold to the developer. The developer is now progressing the listed building works in sympathetic manner to complement the nearby Chapel Court development.
Last updated: 17th October 2018