Once 'magnificent' house is being reclaimed by nature as neighbours complain
A DESERTED house engulfed by overgrown trees and weeds has been branded "ghastly" and "disgusting".
Neighbours said the bungalow, on Grosvenor Road in Crownhill, had been left to self-destruct.
The property was once "magnificent" according to one resident but its demise began more than 30 years ago.
Land Registry deeds state the property is valued at £100,000 and the owner did live in the bungalow until around 18 months ago.
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One neighbour said: "When the council went in there were newspapers just stacked from the floors to the ceiling."
Until approximately two years ago the house was covered in bright green ivy – much less of an eye sore than its current state.
Another resident of Grosvenor Road said the house was "disgusting".
A third neighbour added: "It was a beautiful house in the early 80s, a piece of magnificence and immaculate.
"But since 1982 – to the best of my knowledge – nothing has been done and the property has gradually deteriorated.
"There's been rats near enough constantly for the last 25 years and at one stage there were badgers too.
"It's just dreadful.Why should we have to put up with it?
"It needs knocking down and rebuilding.
"I don't think the council knows what to do with it."
The resident believed the owner moved away 18 months ago.
A government crackdown on empty and derelict homes is set to come into force – which could affect the owners of properties such as this.
The move means second homeowners and landlords who do not rent out their properties and those which blight neighbourhoods are to be hit with council tax rises.
Alison Seabeck, Labour MP for Plymouth Moor View, said she came across the bungalow earlier this year and described it as "ghastly".
She added: "Concerns have been raised to me about this property. It is an extreme example of the problem we are talking about."
A council spokeswoman said: "This is a complex case. We have been in touch with the owner and action has been taken in the past to clear up the property."
The Herald was unable to make contact with the owner.