Derelict Burntwood bungalow brought back to life after more than a decade

A rundown Burntwood bungalow which has been empty for more than a decade has been given a new lease of life.

The derelict property on Chase Road has stood empty since its previous owner died in 2002.

The derelict bungalow on Chase Road before the refurbishment

The derelict bungalow on Chase Road before the refurbishment

As no relatives came forward, the home fell into disrepair and soon became an eyesore.

But Lichfield District Council carried out a compulsory purchase order before selling it on to Bromford Housing to enable it to be brought back into use.

Cllr Colin Greatorex, Cabinet member for housing at Lichfield District Council, said: “It’s always sad to see a property fall into a state of disrepair and this bungalow had become an eyesore for the local community.

“I am really pleased we were able to help bring it back into use through using our powers to apply for a compulsory purchase order.

The Chase Road bungalow after the refurbishment work

The Chase Road bungalow after the refurbishment work

“Bromford has done a great job refurbishing the bungalow and I am sure it will offer this family a lovely place to call home for years to come.”

The 14-week restoration project cost around £38,000 and involved replacing the kitchen, bathroom, windows, chimney, driveway and gas connection.

A family will now move into the two-bed property this month.

Bromford’s localities leader Darrin Gamble said: “This is further evidence of the great partnership working between Bromford and Lichfield District Council and it is these kind of initiatives which we really need to help tackle the growing housing crisis across the West Midlands and beyond.

“We’re delighted to be able to bring this unoccupied property, which was for a long period an eyesore in the local area, back into use for a much-needed family home. The refurbishment has certainly helped create a better visual environment for the whole community.”

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