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HOMEOWNER REFUSES TO LEAVE COUNCIL ESTATE EARMARKED FOR DEMOLITION

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Redevelopment of a council estate in Crewe has been held up because one ...
Redevelopment of a council estate in Crewe has been held up because one
remaining homeowner is refusing to leave his house, BBC Radio Four's Today
programme heard this morning.
Alan Nuttall's house, bought under the right to buy, is one of a block of
four terraced houses on the Moat House estate.
Peter Kent, Leader of Crewe and Nantwich BC, told the Today programe: 'We
have a lot of sympathy with Mr Nuttall. but unfortunately three years ago we
had an engineer's report that said the houses were unsafe. We were forced to
take the option of demolishing and redeveloping the area'. The council has
now served a compulsory purchase order on Mr Nuttall's house.
Mr Nuttall told the programme his property had been renovated and was not
defective. But Mr Kent said there had been an independent inquiry and the
houses had been given a life of only five years.
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