Housing chiefs today allayed fears that only £60,000 will be offered to homeowners on a doomed Birmingham estate.
The city council has assured residents in North Newtown that any homes bought by the authority as part of its plans to bulldoze the estate will be individually assessed.
Council officers plan to use a qualified professional valuer to assess and inspect all properties for home improvements, garden landscaping and other features and then base the final figure on the open market value.
A council spokesman said owners would also be entitled to have an independent assessment carried out to check the price being offered by the council was fair.
The council wants to knock down 130 homes around Holte School because drug dealers have taken over the area.