First compulsory purchase order under 2004 planning legislation is served by Barnet Council

The communities department has confirmed the first compulsory purchase order made under procedures introduced by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

The Act gives councils powers to confirm orders that receive no objections

The confirmation of the order, served by Barnet council, will allow work to start on the first phase of the authority's £500m plan to regenerate its Colindale housing estate in north London.