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Reform Compulsory Purchase Orders for councils

Last updated: 08:33pm 19 July 2018

We will reform Compulsory Purchase Orders to make them easier and less expensive for councils to use and to make it easier to determine the true market value of sites.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.71

Our verdict

A Compulsory Purchase Order is a legal function that enables certain public organisations (e.g. a town council) to acquire some land or property without the consent of the owner, as long as it is considered to be for the purpose of public betterment (e.g. building a new motorway, developing a town centre, or preserving a historic building from neglect).

Following a consultation (closed in February 2017) suggesting the delegation of the final decision on a CPO under certain circumstances, as well as the introduction of target timelines for decision-making, changes were made to the CPO procedure, which aim at making the system more efficient. These reforms were approved by Parliament in February 2018 and came into effect in April of the same year – it is therefore fair to mark this policy as ‘done’.

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