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CPO Essentials Convention 2017

Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) powers have long been an effective tool in the armoury of acquiring authorities to drive forward the delivery of transformational housing, infrastructure and urban regeneration projects. This event will focus on the prominent and key areas of CPO practice. It is aimed at those relatively new to CPO work, and practitioners who offer CPO advice.

Date Venue Price  
6 September 2017 Eversheds Sutherland LLP, London    

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

Event duration: Half Day (4 hrs CPD).
Registration from: 12.30. Event starts at: 12.55. Event finishes at: 17.15.

CPT would like to thank Eversheds Sutherland for the use of their facilities.

Download and print your full course brochure here

Used well, and following best practice, CPO is a powerful tool to acquire land and rights that cannot be secured by negotiation. Crossrail 2, HS2 and the Third Runway at Heathrow are projects that rely on the use of CPO powers.

Over the next 10 years, it is currently estimated that compensation payments relating to CPO will exceed £15 billion. Notwithstanding this, CPO law and practice remains complex. This was best 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.”

The Government is in the process of reforming CPO law and practice in an attempt to make the process fairer, simpler and quicker. The Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 and Housing and Planning Act 2016 have introduced significant changes to the CPO process. Furthermore, the recent Housing White Paper confirms that the Government is encouraging local authorities to use CPO powers to intervene in the housing market and stimulate new development. This includes the more active use of compulsory purchase powers to promote development on stalled sites.

In response to the increased use of CPO powers, RICS has introduced a professional statement that dictates minimum standards for surveyors to follow, particularly when acting for claimants. Recent decisions have also confirmed that the Secretary of State is not afraid to fail a CPO that is not robustly prepared or justified by adequate evidence.

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

The speakers represent the range of professional disciplines involved in the CPO process, and are members of the Compulsory Purchase Association. They are able to offer an insight into the nuances of the CPO process as well as providing guidance on how to avoid the pitfalls and what represents best practice. 



Welcome and Introduction: Delivering Projects

Getting the CPO confirmed

Towards the moment of Acquisition and Implementation

A walk through a typical CPO - a case study

Preparing and presenting your claim: the good, the bad and the ugly

Q&A with all speakers

Assessing and dealing with compensation risk

For the full programme please see the downloadable PDF above