Four houses which are blighting their neighbourhoods are set to be compulsorily purchased by Derby City Council at a cost of around £516,000.

The council says the properties are “long-term vacant” and that the current owners have been unable to sufficiently demonstrate how they will be occupied in the near future.

One of the properties has been vacant since 2014, while another has been subject to complaints about its unsightly appearance and drainage problems, as well as pests.

The council will now consider whether or not to add the houses to its existing stock or whether they should be sold on the open market.

Currently, there are 3,000 empty homes in Derby – 1,085 of which are long-term empty – but this has declined from its height in 2010 when 4,500 homes were vacant, with 2,500 empty for a long time.