Cabinet member for regeneration, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, said use of compulsory purchase
would be a "last resort" but added: "This shows the determination of the city to progress.
The council's main consideration has always been about the preservation of the main historic building on site and we warned the owners time and time again that we would go down the compulsory purchase
route, should we have no other option.
This would need Secretary of State approval and could still fail, as well as being subject to a challenge from BHM, which could end up costing the council as much as the compulsory purchase
order option, according to the council's report.
Mr Orr rst authored a major report on the use and eSSectiveness report on the use and eSSectiveness of compulsory purchase
in 2010 in of compulsory purchase
in 2010 in association with the Northern Way.
He said: "This issue is well-known to the public, the majority of whom opposed the proposed compulsory purchase
Now housing officers have earmarked a number of homes across 21 wards of the city where compulsory purchase
orders will be issued.
Horizon says compulsory purchase
will only be used as a "last resort".
The 54-year-old father-ofthree, who lives in Blyth with his wife, said: "They have only offered very low prices for the shop and because it's a compulsory purchase
order there's nothing we can do.
That is why the Country Land and Business Association is calling for reform of the Compulsory Purchase
regime to protect us all.
The use of compulsory purchase
powers by a planning authority for the benefit of a commercial operator has been an area of some controversy before the courts recently.
The Highland resident spoke out after Aberdeenshire councillors decided not to rule out compulsory purchase
orders being used to evict landowners on the estate to make way for the tycoon's planned pounds 1billion golf resort.
s Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Act of 2004, legislation that was designed to improve the fairness of compulsory purchase
orders (eminent domain), including land purchased for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.