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Javid retreats on Aylesbury estate order

Words: Huw Morris

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has overturned his previous decision not to grant a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for the regeneration of Southwark’s Aylesbury estate.

Javid had rejected the borough’s bid to compulsorily purchase seven blocks on the estate last September on the grounds that a CPO would breach leaseholders’ human rights. He has now written to the London Borough of Southwark reversing his previous decision after increased offers were made to leaseholders.

“We are really pleased that the secretary of state has quashed his previous decision, and will now allow us to hold a new CPO inquiry,” said Southwark council’s leader Peter John. “We remain committed to regenerating the Aylesbury estate for the benefit of local residents.”

Southwark said a consent order is being thrashed out with Javid’s lawyers and will be forwarded to interested parties shortly. It added that if the court decides to quash the decision, then the secretary of state will arrange a new public inquiry to decide the merits of the CPO, to be held as soon as practicable.

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