Residents of Barclay Road and Galton Road will be delighted to hear that the High Court has backed Sandwell Council's decision to compulsorily purchase the land between 103-109 Barclay Road.
The site has been a blight on the area for over 15 years. First neglected and overgrown, a site for fly-tippers and exposing neighbouring gardens by allowing access to rear gardens, and in recent years a complete mess of a building site, culminating in the accident which resulted in serious injury to a building worker earlier this year.
The owner consistently failed to comply with planning regulations, left the site for months on end looking like a bomb site, and seriously damaged the houses on either side. One resident has subsequently been forced out of his home and half of his house has had to be demolished and rebuilt.
After years of frustration, the Council took steps to purchase the land two years ago, but the builder appealed against the CPO to the Bristol-based planning inspectorate and when the inspectorate rejected his appeal he took his case to the High Court. Last week's decision means we now have unfettered access to the land and can start looking for a reputable developer to build houses on the site.