The compulsory purchase of a block of old shops has moved one step closer.
Wellingborough Council plans to use its powers of compulsory purchase to buy the old shops at 66-74 Lea Way in Wellingborough.
The local authority has written to the Government to seek permission for the order to go ahead.
The buildings used to be a mini-supermarket and shops but have been shut for four years.
Since then the area has become a hotspot for anti-social behaviour.
Council leader Paul Bell said: “We are pleased that the order has gone to the Secretary of State.
“It has been a derelict area and has caused a number of problems for residents.
“This is a way forward, to bring improvement to the site which will benefit people in the area and the borough.”
If the compulsory purchase is approved, Cllr Bell said there would be a consultation with residents and ward councillors before any decision about the development of the site is made.