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Slough gets tough in assembling land for £450m project

11 Jul 11 Slough Borough Council has slapped a compulsory purchase order (CPO) on land it needs for its Heart of Slough regeneration project.

Artist's impression of the Curve
Artist's impression of the Curve

The land in question would form part of the area earmarked for The Curve - a proposed library and cultural centre that is a key component of the £450m regeneration project.

The council has tried and failed to reach agreement with the land owners and so has decided to force the issue with a CPO.

John Rice, the council’s interim assistant director of property and regeneration, said: “Significant resources are being invested in the Heart of Slough project and we are not prepared to jeopardise that investment in the town.

“We know how important the Heart of Slough regeneration project is to local people, which is why we are eager to move forward with the CPO and acquire the land needed to build The Curve.”

All the landowners affected by the compulsory purchase order are being contacted. They have the right to make an objection in writing. If this happens, then a public inquiry could be held. If the compulsory purchase order is confirmed by the secretary of state, the council will be able to proceed with its plans for a new library and cultural centre.

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