Southwark Council opposes CPO decision

Southwark council has said it is seeking a judicial review over the government’s decision to block a compulsory purchase order (CPO) on Aylesbury Estate, as part of the council’s wider plans for a regeneration scheme.

Local government minister, Sajid Javid, rejected the council’s bid to force the eight remaining residents on the estate to sell their flats, insisting the move would breach the human rights of the residents, who need to use their savings to buy a new property elsewhere.

However, the local authority has maintained it will challenge the decision in court, claiming it was based on an outdated report.

Councillor Peter John, leader of Southwark Council, said: “This decision puts Southwark and all councils who are trying to build new homes for our residents between a rock and a hard place.

“We can either fight this decision or scrap our plans to regenerate the Aylesbury estate, leaving the hopes and dreams of thousands of local people in tatters. I’m not willing to do that, which is why we will take court action if necessary to try to overturn this bizarre decision.”