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If a local authority has a scheme for any land, it may acquire that land by agreement. If that is not possible, authorities have a number of powers to acquire land compulsorily, provided they can demonstrate to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my right hon. Friend Mr Pickles, a compelling case in the public interest. It is for the authority concerned to choose the appropriate power, but the powers under section 226(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 are frequently used to acquire land in town centre schemes.