Owners of a Wisbech building must carry out £220,000 of repairs after Fenland’s planning committee agreed to take legal action to get the eyesore reinstated.
A Section 215 Notice was due to be issued to owners of Constantine House within days of last Wednesday’s planning meeting.
As a result the building at 1 Nene Quay, which has been a blot on the local street scene for over three years after it was ravaged by fire, will undergo a transformation.
The notice requires Mr Chrysostomos Elias Chrysostomou and Mrs Niki Elia Chrysostosmou, who live in Bexley Kent, to carry out a list of works to repair the building starting on January 1 2014.
The building, which dates back to the 19th century, has been in a dilapidated state since the 2010 fire and has been a major headache for Fenland Council, who have been accused by local MP Steve Barclay of being too slow to use legal powers to get the premises repaired.
But the order means the couple must complete the repair work by next September giving them a 35-week schedule which includes the demolition and rebuilding of internal walls and floors, rebuilding of the chimneys and the replacement of the roof.
The Chrysostomous have previously promised to carry out repair work, but have then failed to act.
A report to Wednesday’s meeting said the Chrysostomous are already subject to a Consent Order endorsed by the High Court, which obliges them to reinstate the property by January 2014 or face further action by two long-term leaseholders with the threat of a financial settlement.
Monthly compensation payments have been paid to the leaseholders, who each hold a 99-year lease dating from February 2004 for two of the building’s four flats, since 2010.