The council sought acquisition of the business park, consisting of around 21 plots in an area of 1.44 hectares, to enable redevelopment as phase 2 of a regional investment site (RIS). The inspector considered the proposed acquisition was in line with the local plan for the area and was central to the development of employment opportunitites in the area generally. Regarding the remaining objections to the loss of an existing business, he concluded the council was about to begin negotiations and there was no evidence to suggest alternative suitable premises could not be found in the city and there was no alternative to the acquisition of the land to deliver the RIS. The secretary of state agreed with the inspector's conclusions and held the acquisition was in accordance with the Equality Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Inspector: John Braithwaite; Inquiry