De­vel­op­ers gain council tax cut

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

Build­ings un­der long-term re­pair are in line for a re­duc­tion in council tax. Ar­gyll and Bute Council’s pol­icy and re­sources com­mit­tee agreed to re­lax the rules on a dou­ble council tax charge on long-term empty prop­er­ties. An ad­di­tional 10 per cent council tax dis­count will ap­ply to prop­er­ties which are un­der re­pair for up to 24 months. Pre­vi­ously it was one year. The changes came af­ter two prop­erty own­ers were un­able to fin­ish ren­o­va­tion work within 12 months and were sub­ject to stan­dard charges. A re­port by ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of cus­tomer ser­vices Dou­glas Hendry said: ‘In the first case the pur­chaser was con­vert­ing a long-term empty prop­erty to bring it back into use. ‘The prop­erty had not been oc­cu­pied for 18 months and the ren­o­va­tion works were con­sid­er­able. ‘In the sec­ond case His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land was in­volved in the planning and build­ing con­trol process. Planning per­mis­sion was de­layed for 18 months. ‘In both cases a to­tal of 24 months from the date of pur­chase be­fore the dou­ble charge is levied would have been more ap­pro­pri­ate given the pur­chasers’ in­tent to re­store these long-term empty prop­er­ties. It is es­ti­mated that the move will cost the council £3,000 in tax pay­ments.’

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