Government ministers have backed the compulsory purchase of a few remaining flats and shops standing in the way of the £600 million redevelopment of New Street Station.
The approval removes the last major legal hurdle preventing the City Council and Network Rail ploughing ahead with the Gateway project designed to bring the subterranean 1960s-built station into the 21st Century.
Ministers at both the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have backed the redevelopment following a public inquiry last February.
The key objector at the time, Warner Estates, has since sold the Pallasades Shopping Centre to the council for £91 million, leaving only 18 objectors, mainly a handful of small shop lease holders, flat owners opposing the redevelopment.
The most vocal objector Dr Martin Purdy, who lives in the Stephenson Tower on the site, argued his home should have been refurbished rather than demolished during the redevelopment. He will now be forced to leave.
The Government approval includes confirmation of CPOs for the 14-acre site and the removal of the public rights of way through the shopping centre.
The letter states: “The Secretary of State is satisfied that in confirming the Compulsory Purchase Order a fair balance would be struck between the public interest and interests of the owners, lessees, occupants and tenants.
“He accepted that a compelling case in the public interest for confirming the order has been made.”
Birmingham City Council had told the inquiry that the redevelopment, due to be completed in 2013, would create an estimated 11,000 jobs and draw £2 billion investment to the region.
A council spokeswoman said: “Birmingham City Council has received notification from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government that the Compulsory Purchase Order relating to the Gateway project has been confirmed.
“We are delighted with this news. Birmingham, and the region, needs a world-class gateway which will help improve the passenger experience for all those who visit, live, or work in the City, and this is yet another major milestone achieved.”
The station now needs only detailed planning permission, having already won the more significant approval in principal before building work begins.