Councillors have agreed to press ahead with a compulsory purchase order on homes in Burnley Wood to make way for new housing.
The action was passed in the same meeting as the controversial decision was taken to appropriate land in Glebe Street, Burnley Wood, which would mean the demolition of the community centre there.
During the meeting, councillors invited volunteers from the Glebe Street youth and community centre to work with them at the Terracefields community building – pleas which were roundly opposed.
The Terracefields community building is in the area covered by the CPO but is not included in the plan for demolition.
The former Methodist Chapel, which is now being used for community activities, is already in the council’s ownership.
The CPO relates to freehold ownerships and properties in Crowther Street, Swainbank Street and part of Parliament Street.
The remaining block of terraced housing in Crowther Street would also be demolished as part of the CPO.
The report argues this move “is required to facilitate the redevelopment of the site for new housing” in line with the council’s established plans.
An application from developers Keepmoat to build 117 new homes in Burnley Wood was given approval on November 14th this year.