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Slough council serves CPO for £450m regeneration

A compulsory purchase order has been served by Slough Borough Council as it pushes on with its £450 million Heart of Slough regeneration project.

The land forms part of the area earmarked for a proposed learning and cultural centre called The Curve. It comes after the council’s cabinet decided to proceed with the compulsory purchase of the land on 24 January.

The council said it has worked with the land owners to try and achieve an agreement but has only had “limited success”. It said it is pushing forward with the compulsory purchase of the land and the rights to the land so that cranes and other construction equipment can be used.

John Rice, interim assistant director of property and regeneration, said: “The council would have preferred to have reached an agreement through negotiation with all of the landowners, but sadly that’s not been possible. Significant resources are being invested in the Heart of Slough project and we are not prepared to jeopardise that investment in the town. “

All the landowners affected by the compulsory purchase order are being contacted. If they object in writing, there could be a public inquiry. Other parts of the scheme are well underway, with a new bus station already complete.

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