Compulsory Purchase Order Boom

Date: 8th April 2015
Author: Simon Cook
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The use of planning CPO’s is booming. 

In 2014 planning CPO’s increased by 61% compared to 2013 according to law firm, Bond Dickinson.

The number of planning CPO’s rose to 58 in 2014, with London being the hotspot with 22 submitted for consideration.  The number falls just below the peak in 2007.  The North West was the second most active region with 13 planning CPO’s submitted in 2014.

Prospects of success are high with 96% of CPO’s which are determined achieving their objective of acquiring land.  However, 33% either fail, are confirmed with modification or the acquiring authority withdraw the CPO before they can be considered.

Simon Cook Director of Compulsory Purchase at  Roger Hannah & Co said “these figures make quite fascinating reading.  It shows that the use of planning led CPO’s is most certainly back, but it also demonstrates that objectors are still able to defeat CPO’s or achieve modification.  To have any prospect of achieving change it is essential to obtain professional advice.”

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