Parts of the estate, built in the 1960s and 1970s, had already been subject to compulsory acquisition and redevelopment. The council stated that a relatively short time after the estate was completed, its design and construction became regarded as problematic and the monolithic blocks of flats made it impossible to tackle improvements in a piecemeal way. The secretary of state agreed that compulsory acquisition of the few remaining occupied properties was necessary for the area’s social, economic and environmental wellbeing.
In his view, the replacement homes proposed would be of considerably better design and standard, with a high number of properties benefiting from private gardens, shared courtyards or full-sized balconies. He was satisfied that the council’s plans would create a mixed community and deliver much-needed affordable housing, including an extra care facility for people with particular needs. No other means of achieving redevelopment of the remaining part of the estate was available, he opined.
Inspector: Martin Whitehead; Inquiry