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No, not immediately. Land, property and other interests can only be acquired after the order has been confirmed by the Secretary of State. Owners, lessees, tenants and occupiers should be given notice of the making of the Compulsory Purchase Order.

Yes. Owners, lessees, tenants and occupiers can object to a CPO. Members of the public and others may also object. The objection period must be a minimum of 21 days and will be specified in the notices given to owners, lessees, tenants and occupiers and to be published in the press. Objections relating to compensation may be disregarded by the confirming Secretary of State, since there is a separate procedure for resolving disputes regarding compensation through the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).

The principle of compulsory purchase compensation is generally to seek to place the affected party in no better or worse position than prior to the compulsory purchase. Compensation is assessed and paid in accordance with the statutory compensation code which applies to the compulsory acquisition of land, property and other interests.

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