Croydon inquiry closes

A public inquiry has heard accusations that a compulsory purchase order (CPO) on the Croydon Gateway site would breach human rights.

Keith Lindblom QC for developer Stanhope and Schroders said that a CPO would be "grossly disproportionate in the context of the European convention on human rights".

The firm, which owns part of the site, already has permission for an office-led scheme, which it claims provides 160 more affordable homes than rival Arrowcroft.

Christopher Katkowski QC for Arrowcroft insisted that its 12,500-seat arena-based scheme would become a marketing symbol for the area.

He said the scheme would attract businesses and around a million visitors each year.

The inquiry is now closed.

The inspector is due to report to the secretary of state next year for a final decision.

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