Compulsory Purchase

Our planning lawyers advise on all aspects of compulsory purchase and the principles of compensation. We act for acquiring authorities promoting compulsory purchase orders, and have provided support on a number of town regeneration schemes. We also regularly advise individuals and companies affected by compulsory purchase proceedings, including preparation of objections and compensation claims. We provide strategic guidance at all stages of the process, including in respect of statutory procedures and assumptions.

Our compulsory purchase expertise includes:

  • Scheme design and statutory powers of acquisition;

  • Making and Confirmation of Compulsory Purchase Orders, including drafting of accompanying documentation and case preparation;

  • Objections to Orders, including representation at Public Inquiries;

  • Compensation flowing from compulsory purchase and blight notices, including applications to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber);

  • Indemnity Agreements associated with compulsory purchase schemes;

  • Certificates of Appropriate Alternative Development, and planning assumptions relied upon in quantifying compensation claims;

  • Appropriation of land, and overriding of rights; and

  • Disposal of land previously acquired through compulsory purchase, and operation of the Crichel Down Rules.