Property Disputes

Compulsory Purchase Orders

Compulsory Purchase Orders

A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) allow public bodies to force homeowners to sell their property if it is obstructing a regeneration project or is for the greater public good. It cannot be used by individuals or private companies, and public bodies must show it is for the greater public good and not private gain.

However, just because a CPO has been made, it does not mean you will be unable to negotiate better terms or even have the order removed.

Our specialist solicitors can give you advice on how to object to a CPO, what grounds will give you the best chance of success, and how to best negotiate a better price if needed.

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If you would like to enquire about any matters regarding a CPO please complete our online contact form here or send an email to us at [email protected] and one of our solicitors shall call you back.

Alternatively, please call our litigation solicitors in Manchester on 0161 820 8888 for a no obligation discussion.

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

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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