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The communities secretary has backed out of a legal battle with a south London borough over his decision to not grant a compulsory purchase order (CPO) which would allow the council to progress work on a major estate regeneration project.
A fresh outline application has been submitted for a mixed-use scheme, including up to 200 homes and 6,000 square metres of non-food retail space at a site at Taunton in Somerset after previous plans were refused last autumn.
A Supreme Court ruling last month demonstrates the complexities of compulsory purchase law. The court unpicked a 2015 Court of Appeal ruling overturning an Upper Tribunal decision on compensation for land in Rochdale acquired as part of a larger development scheme. It found that the Court of Appeal misapplied section 6 of the Land Compensation Act 1961.
The government's recently published Estate Regeneration Strategy and Good Practice Guide is a fascinating melange of ideology and experience.
Ever since former London mayor Boris Johnson set up Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) last year, the body has been touting its scheme as the UK's largest regeneration project.