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CPO Talking Heads: May 2024

Compulsory Purchase Process and the Crichel Down RulesIs it Time to Re-Focus or Dispose of the Rules?

This event runs as an informal discussion with a small panel of leading and informed practitioners extracting the nuances from this months topic "Temporary Possession Powers". It will discuss practical issues that arise, with participants in the meeting being encouraged to listen, join in, ask questions and share comments.

Module Duration: 1 hours 1 minutes

Recorded: 20/05/2024

Areas covered

Please note there are no slides accompanying this recording. 

  • What is the purpose the rules are seeking to achieve; and who are they trying to protect? 
  • Has the balance between returning land potentially decades after it was acquired and the administrative burden on scarce public sector resources changed in the 21st century?  
  • Should the rules be abolished and replaced with an open market offering of surplus land. Will this give interested former owners a fair chance to re-acquire?
  • Should the Rules be tightened up – exclude blight notices and non-ag land? Exclude land with development potential? Exclude tenants? 
  • Should the remaining rules be more clearly applicable – all land acquired under CPO/threat of CPO regardless of acquiring body? 
  • Should a streamlined set of rules be made statutory?
  • Should the problem be tackled at source with tighter controls on compulsory land acquisition in advance of robust scheme design? 
  • Would implementation of the temporary powers in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 help? 


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