The secretary of state agreed with his inspector that the proposed redevelopment of the 1960s neighbourhood centre was necessary in the public interest. Comprising a shopping centre, community hall and 36 residential flats, the site was run down and provided a poor sense of community with antisocial behaviour problems as well.
Outline planning permission had been granted for 44 residential flats, 100 per cent affordable, 381 square metres of retail use and car parking. The secretary of state agreed with his inspector's conclusions that the purpose of acquiring the land did fit with local and national policy to promote sustainable development and there were no other alternatives to the acquisition. Finally, Article 1 and 8 of the Human Rights Act had been considered properly as well as the Equality Act 2010. The secretary of state concluded that the order was justifiable as a last resort to secure public benefits.
Inspector: John Woolcock; Inquiry