Clearance is the demolition of housing or business premises following the relocation of its previous occupiers. Most cleared sites are redeveloped, often to cater for housing demand.

Clearance might happen for a number of reasons. For example, if the houses or buildings are in a poor condition or that many are empty or unpopular. The Council will always look at all viable options and work closely with owners and residents.

Clearance is often achieved by acquiring the vast majority of properties by agreement with the owners. Where this is not possible then the use of legal powers involving Compulsory Purchase Orders may be sought.

Since the Housing Market Renewal Initiative ended in 2011, the residual clearance programme is likely to be completed by 2017.