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Annual CPO Convention 2018

The CPO Convention will focus on some of the prominent and key areas of CPO practice. It is aimed at those relatively new to CPO work, practitioners and local government whether as lawyers, planners or surveyors/valuers.

Date Venue Price  
1 October 2018 CBRE Ltd - Henrietta House, London    

Note: All prices are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Half Day Event (4 hrs CPD).
Registration from: 12.20. Event starts at: 12.50. Event finishes at: 17.15. Drinks Reception starts at: 17.30.

This event will be followed by a Young CPA drinks reception at Be at One, 94 Wimpole Street. All attendees from the CPO Convention are able to attend this reception free of charge. To book your place and for event details, please click here.

     We would like to thank CBRE for their use of facilities.

Download and print your full course brochure here 

If you do CPO work or particularly, if you are relatively new to CPO work, whether as a surveyor, lawyer or planner, then this event is for you. The event speakers represent the range of professional disciplines involved in the CPO process, many are members of the Compulsory Purchase Association. They will offer an insight into the nuances and best practice in the CPO process. There has never been a more urgent need to keep up to date with rapidly developing law and practice.

The government and its agencies recognise the power of Compulsory Purchase tools to obtain land for development. Local government is being encouraged to use such powers.  Certainly, CPO powers have long been an effective tool in the armoury of acquiring authorities to drive forward the delivery of infrastructure and urban regeneration projects. Currently housing is the primary focus for government.  CPO powers are also on the radar for lobby groups who seek to reform CPO legislation as a way to bring forward more land and they believe cheaper land, for housing. 

Ignoring the housing initiatives, over the next 10 years, it’s estimated that compensation payments relating to transport and infrastructure CPO will exceed £15 billion.  There is a demand for experienced practitioners – for acquiring authorities to deliver schemes and  for those who need to act for claimants,  yet, CPO law and practice remain complex.  This was  expressed by Lord Carnwath in his Law Commission report of 2004 which stated that “The current law of compulsory purchase of land is difficult to locate, complicated to decipher and elusive to apply”.  Since then, CPO legislative reform has simply piled a new series of complexities into the system.

In addition, standards and competency issues have driven a significant change in best practice.  The RICS Professional Statement introduced in April 2017 is playing its part, but leading promoters of CPOs are seeking early engagement; and the MoJ policy of early and meaningful engagement prior to court proceedings means that the Upper Tribunal is becoming far more robust in its expectations of the parties.



CPO in Action - Whitgift Centre, Croydon 

  • Unibail Rodamco Westfield / Hammerson Joint Venture 
  • A major new retail and leisure destination for London
  • A £1.4bn regeneration project, 7000 new jobs and up to 967 new homes
  • A catalyst for Croydon's wider regeneration aspirations
  • How is it being delivered? 
  • Project timetable

CPO Best Practice and the RICS Professional Statement 

  • A checklist of standards to apply to everything CPO

New Legislation, Case Law and Land Value Capture - An update on what is in, what is due and other important reform areas

  • Implementation and Regulations emanating from recent legislation

Overcoming Rights to Light and other Impediments to Scheme Delivery

  • How to overcome third party rights through the planning process
  • The appropriation or acquisition of land and the use of s.203 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016
  • How to get the decision making process right
  • The importance of the Local Planning Authority’s Report

HS2 - The Opportunities and the Challenges 

  • Similarities and differences between the phases
  • Impacts of changing legislation
  • Delivering consistency

CPOs and Housing - How can we make Estate Renewal work for Residents?

  • Is demolition the best option?
  • Funding issues
  • Is the compensation offer enough?
  • Re-housing and remaining on the property ladder
  • The process in theory and in practice

Young CPA Drinks Reception 

Follows this event.To book your place and for event details, please click here