Wellingborough's Lea Way bought by compulsory purchase order

The floors of the empty units on Lea Way are littered with rubble
Image caption The row of derelict shops on Lea Way attract anti-social behaviour

A row of derelict shops in Northamptonshire will be taken over by a council in a bid to conquer anti-social behaviour at the site.

Plans to impose a compulsory purchase order on Lea Way in Wellingborough were approved by Wellingborough Council's resources committee on Wednesday.

Ward councillors said it had become a hot spot for vermin, drug use, illegal dumping, and had been set alight.

It was suggested the area be turned into a site for social housing.

The council has received complaints about the area for seven years.

Brickhill Ward councillor Tim Allebone said: "I think a compulsory purchase order is the only way forward.

"These perfectly serviceable units have been damaged by fire.

"This has been a long-running problem."

He said that while the land is owned privately, the council is powerless to act.

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