A new Tesco store is to be built in Stoke-on-Trent after a compulsory purchase order for a city centre site was approved by communities secretary John Denham.
The CPO brings into public ownership the land for the supermarket and a 540m extension to the Potteries Way city centre ring road.
The order was made on 14 small plots of land totalling 0.45 hectares in the area of the new store off Clough Street. The public inquiry into the CPO application was held in March.
Brian Ward, cabinet member for regeneration hailed the outcome, he said: “Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been working for several years to encourage redevelopment of the Clough Street area and the extension of the city centre ring road”.
He added that the council was pleased with the outcome of the public inquiry and that it is looking forward to Tesco beginning work on building the new store.