URC will seize land from idle owners

URC will seize land from idle owners 


Regeneration & Renewal




A Scottish urban regeneration agency has warned it will instigate ‘widespread’ compulsory purchase orders to seize land from developers that are ‘crucifying’ some of the country’s coastal towns.


Irvine Bay URC is planning to drive forward a major campaign of CPOs in a bid to halt what it describes as ‘scandalous’ inaction among developers.


The URC says it will encourage North Ayrshire Council to use its CPO powers to enable the redevelopment of a large number of derelict buildings in Irvine, Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Kilwinning and Stevenson.


Irvine URC chair Baroness Ford said: ‘Over the years, too many developers, property owners and speculators have simply bought up major parts of our town centres and then left them to rot. Their inaction and lack of investment have crucified the strenuous efforts of local people to improve their towns and neighbourhoods, but the free bus ride stops here.’


North Ayrshire Council member Margaret Munn said: ‘For some time now I have been looking for a way to deal with these buildings which cause so much despair in our community. I am delighted the URC intends to deal with the matter head-on.’