North Somerset Council is to meet next month to agree on the issue of a Compulsory Purchase Order of Birnbeck Pier, after Historic England allocated a £127,000 grant in February to help support the authority’s bid.
The organisations have spent the last three months jointly preparing the requisite legal documents for the CPO, following the lack of action by pier owner CNM Estates in the wake of a repairs notice issued in September.
“The council is contacting potentially legally interested parties to the pier and its attached land to ascertain rights and ownership,” executive member for business, economy and employment, Cllr Mark Canniford told Bristol Live. “This is a legal requirement and a vital part of the CPO process.”
The council will meet on 14 July, after amassing evidence of prolonged neglect of the Grade II-listed landmark, in order to ensure the CPO represents a “compelling case in the public interest.”
Though CNM Estates is entitled to obtain legal advice at the expense of the authority, its March 2019 claim that ongoing development discussions with NSC had ended “without any viable conclusion” could see the developer accept the CPO over prolonged legal wrangling.