Compulsory purchase orders

The power to acquire land compulsorily derives from statute. Surveyors acting in this field need to be familiar with the powers and limits of compulsory purchase and what can be acquired under a compulsory purchase order (CPO) – whether they are acting for an acquiring authority or for a landowner/potential objectors.

Certain types of land may be protected and the appropriateness of a CPO needs to be carefully assessed. There are procedures to be followed, from the handling of objections through public inquiries to proceedings in the Upper Tribunal.

Compensation may be payable, both in situations where an interest in land is acquired, and where it is not. There are rules to follow for purchase and blight notices, fees and costs, agricultural land and buildings and other important aspects such as home loss.

This section is maintained by David Holland, Emma Bissett and Gemma Newell of Squire Patton Boggs.