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CPA Scotland National Conference 2021: Morning Sessions

The theme for this conference is the effective use of compulsory purchase to assist in the delivery of public infrastructure projects. The provision of such projects has been with us for over 150 years now and the need to deliver the infrastructure that a modern Scotland requires and indeed demands, has never been greater. The successful and timely delivery of public infrastructure projects are needed to help secure that our economy can fully and quickly recover from the severe adverse effects of the Covid pandemic, as well as ensuring that citizens throughout Scotland are able to enjoy these social and community benefits.

Morning Session Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Recorded: 26/10/21

Areas covered

Welcome and Introduction from the SCPA Chair - Keith Petrie

Keynote Address - Mr Tom Arthur MSP, The Scottish Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth

Scottish Government Update

  • An update on the Scottish Government’s commitment, contained in the Programme for Government 2021-22, to: “reform and modernise the compulsory purchase system in Scotland, making it clearer, fairer and faster for all parties”

Early Engagement 

  • There is significant political will to accelerate and use the compulsory purchase process in order to deliver more infrastructure projects in Scotland. While there is an opportunity to make the process simpler, fairer, quicker and more cost effective without requiring primary legislation, it requires changing approaches.
    • What are the approaches?
    • What are the benefits?
    • How do we get both Acquiring Authorities and the affected property owners to positively engage?

    ADR for Disputed Compensation Claims

    • There is a number of options to resolve disputes
    • RICS is to be introducing an ADR option for disputed compensation claims
    • What is this option and will it work effectively in Scotland?
    • How will such a scheme sit relative to the Lands Tribunal for Scotland

    CPO Collaboration

    • Perth and Kinross Council is one of many Acquiring Authorities in Scotland to recognise the importance of the utilisation of CPOs to bring about public schemes and community benefits. A presentation followed by a panel discussion on this issue.