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SOLIHULL MISHANDLED COMPULSORY PURCHASE - OMBUDSMEN REPORTS

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Ombudsmen investigation reports issued since 23 September 1993 with findings of maladministration leading to injust...
Ombudsmen investigation reports issued since 23 September 1993 with findings of maladministration leading to injustice:

Solihull MBC: compulsory purchase orders (92/B/913)

The council passed a resolution to use compulsory purchase orders to assemble a site for retail development, and to enter a building agreement with a developer.

Because the developer withdrew, the council did not confirm the order on the complainant's business premises, which prevented him from serving a blight notice and claiming compensation.

The council had not arranged for funds to be available for use to purchase property interests where hardship was revealed.

Southwark LBC: homelessness (91/A/1130)

The borough failed to deal properly with the homelessness application of a disabled woman with three children, who had to live in temporary accommodation for a year longer than necessary.

No action was taken on her requests to be nominated to a housing association, and her request to be rehoused in the Docklands area was not dealt with properly.

North Cornwall DC: planning and building control (92/B/334)

The council granted building regulations approval for an extension to a cottage by the complainant's home, but erred in assuming the cottage had its own curtilage. As a result the complainant suffered an increased fire risk.

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