Friday, 28 October 2016

Birmingham Presses Ahead With Radical CPO Policy

Birmingham City Council will push ahead with its controversial policy of seizing undeveloped land from developers, despite a call-in by opposition councillors. The proposed policy, under which the council would use compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) against developers and owners of empty homes, is intended to serve as a threat to ensure swift development. The plan was in doubt after Conservative councillors asked for it to be called in and a scrutiny committee voted to amend the policy. However, at a cabinet meeting, Labour councillors voted for the policy to be passed in its original form. The plan is unusual as CPOs are more commonly used to acquire occupied land for regeneration schemes, rather than to seize undeveloped land. Read more on Inside Housing.

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