Dorset

Swanage derelict bakery to become homes

The former bakery (Photo: Purbeck District Council)
Image caption The former bakery has a leaking roof and rotting floorboards

A former bakery in Swanage, Dorset, could be turned into affordable homes after the district council compulsorily purchased the building.

The property in the town's High Street has been derelict for some time but Purbeck District Council was unable to track down the owner.

It has taken a year for the authority to complete the purchase.

Councillors will now consider a proposal to convert the building into flats to rent.

The council's principal environmental health officer, Richard Conway, said: "The property is in a bad way after many years of neglect.

"The roof is leaking in a number of places and floors are rotting away. Outside, the state of the property is seriously affecting the whole street scene."

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