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A Guide to the Compulsory Purchase Process

A Guide to the Compulsory Purchase Process

Compulsory purchase is the use of powers to take rights and property in land from others without their consent. It sounds quite straightforward but is often highly complex. This guide only skims the surface of this topic, as every case requires the bespoke consideration of statute and cases relevant to the facts of each matter. The powers are usually conferred on public authorities or private organisations providing governmental or regulated services to the public. Invariably, the powers have been conferred directly or indirectly by Parliament. In cases where compulsory purchase orders are confirmed, their implementation ordinarily results in a right for those affected to claim compensation.

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