Promoting and enhancing best practice and technical expertise

Acquiring Land and Rights for Public Projects

In the UK, USA and Canada: Process Projects and Approach to Compensation

Session 2 of the Delivering Land Assembly International Summit

Start Date Venue Price  
26 April 2021 Virtual Conference - Session 2 £75 BOOK

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Afternoon Virtual Seminar (1 hour 30 mins CPD).
Registration from: 15.55. Event starts at: 16.00. Event finishes at: 17.30.

Speakers are Embedded in the Programme Below


Chair: Peter McCrea FRICS FCIArb, Surveyor Member, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)


UK Overview: Meyric Lewis, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building

US & Canada Overview: Gordon E. MacNair SR/WA AACI P.AppPresident, MacNair Consulting Ltd; Past President of IRWA

An Operator's View: Mark Gillard, Head of UK Project Development - Offshore, Ørsted

Devising a scheme involves identifying the need, and the land, and building a business case. Then comes the hard part - how do you acquire the rights – what do you need? Do you need additional land temporarily to build the project, and how do you obtain the land and rights for the project?

We travel to North America and hear about issues that arise in Canada and the USA, Mark Gillard will give us an operator’s view of schemes Orsted are building in North America, the far East and the UK. Meyric Lewis will explain the challenges for UK promoters.

The group will then weight the strengths and weaknesses in these respective jurisdictions. Can we codify a best practice regime that could be adopted as a universal template for land assembly? 

  • Acquisition Processes and Procedures in the UK
  • "Compelling case the public interest"
  • Human Rights
  • UK compensation provisions
  • Rights to compensation in the USA and Canada
  • “Public use” and Kelo v. City of New London
  • What happens when there has been no physical taking and condemnation has not been instituted?
  • Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in North America and methods to streamline approval processes
  • Indigenous peoples’ rights in Canada
  • Resource information
  • Review of Ørsted schemes in North America, the Far East and UK

Panel Debate with Q&A's