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The CPA National Conference 2021

The Compulsory Purchase Association's National Conference briefs all who work with compulsory purchase and compensation, covering a diverse range of issues, with sessions focusing on law, practice and market activity. Attendees are from the CPA membership and CPO professionals. It is the premier event in the CPO calendar, with a pre-eminent programme and set of speakers. This year the conference is running as a hybrid event so whether you are attending in person or virtually if you do CPO work this is a must attend event for technical knowledge and updates. 

Start Date Venue Price  
9 September 2021 Millennium Point, Birmingham    
9 September 2021 Virtual Conference Attendance    

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

Event duration: Day Event (4.30 hours CPD) (Lunch Included).
Registration from: 9.15. Event starts at: 9.45. Event finishes at: 16.30. Drinks Reception Finishes at: 18.00.

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This years’ conference will focus on how CPO can interface with planning related matters, including:

  • The question of whether the use of DCO would help or hinder the delivery of housing; hear both viewpoints
  • Homes England - a new or adapting role? 
  • A review of the wider implication for CPO of the planning changes proposed by the government  
  • A case study on the HS2 Birmingham terminus and an update on the regions strategic objectives
  • A review of the Northern Powerhouse proposals and how to encourage local growth
  • Birmingham and Solihull - the Second City's plans for growth and adaptation to meet future requirements
  • An explanation of the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution in CPO, together with the details of a brand new initiative about to be launched for ADR in CPO by the RICS
  • How to train people with the myriad of skills required for practicing as a CPO surveyor? 
  • The Deputy President of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) will provide an update on the activities and procedures of the Upper Tribunal and how they have handled their workload during the pandemic
  • CPO Case Law update, featuring those cases that will have an impact on the CPO professional’s daily work



Welcome, Introduction & Round up of CPA Activities by Conference Chair: Richard Asher

Keynote Address

Planning Reform - Delivering Housing

  • What does a 'COVID World' home actually look like? 
  • Whilst everyone needs a home to live, is the nature of occupation/ownership and what's changing? 
  • What are the building targets, and what locations?
  • Are we now building the wrong properties? Do we need a new formula?
  • Is there a chance of over supply in some areas?
  • Standalone housing estates v mixed use and creative options
  • The told of the small builders who assemble land v the big schemes
  • The eco systems of the housing delivery - the symbiotic relationship of all involved in delivery and development of communities and commerce post build
  • The strategies of Homes England
  • The role of Agencies to act as catalysts 
  • How does the NSIP regime fit?
  • How do developers assemble land? Do they need to adapt?
  • What is the view from the LPA perspective?


    • There remains a mandate from the Ministry of Justice, that parties in disputes should meaningfully engage and seek resolution before getting to the Court and Tribunal service. Is this happening?
    • Consequences of failing to do so
    • What steps should parties take to be seen to do so?
    • A broad review of ADR solutions available for the CPO world
    • General take up of ADR in the CPO/Planning world
    • The benefits of using ADR
    • Parliamentary review and proposals

    Tribunal News

    • How are the 2020 Practice Directions bedding down? 
    • Costs
    • Document storage system
    • Embracing the experiences from virtual hearings. Are they here to stay in some form?

    Aspirations for the Regions: Policies to Actions

    • GBSLEP and its role in economic recovery and growth
    • The importance of Place in inclusive and sustainable growth
    • Developing places for future generations
    • Land assembly strategies 
    • Case studies

    Case Study: HS2 Curzon Street Station, Birmingham

    • The challenges of devising and delivering a new station and the master plan for the HS2 terminal
    • The difficulties of incorporating plans into the 2013 Hybrid Bill authorisation process and bringing it to reality 
    • From HS2 master planning to integration with the Birmingham City Council master plan
    • What have we been doing on site?

    Training for CPO Surveyors

    The Prospective Changes in the Planning System - The Implications for CPO

    • How the CPO system (and CAADs) is currently functioning
    • The prospective changes in the planning system 
    • How might these impact on CPO?

    Case Law Update

    Drinks Reception