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Pathf inders on course after error

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THE GOVERNMENT has scotched claims that a High Court ruling on a compulsory purchase order made by English Partnerships signals the end of its Pathfinder regeneration programme.

Last week a judge ruled the agency had acted unlawfully in its bid to action a CPO for 367 homes in the Edge Lane area of Liverpool.

This was interpreted as spelling the end for Pathfinder projects. But it had been incorrectly identified as part of the Pathfinder initiative, set up in 2002 to regenerate rundown housing in the Midlands and northern England.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: 'The Edge Lane scheme is not part of the Pathfinder programmes. This is a road widening and regeneration scheme by the local council and English Partnerships.'

The spokesman added that in pathfinder schemes, CPOs are made by local authorities rather than English Partnerships.