Compulsory Purchase Orders

Members of No5's Planning and Environment Group appear regularly at CPO inquiries under the TCPA 1990 and HA 1980; NSIP examinations and also in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), High Court and Court of Appeal in respect of compensation and appropriate alternative development certificates cases.

The proper exercise of CPO powers is critical to a wide range of major planning and infrastructure schemes. Despite attempts over the past 20 years to simplify the law surrounding compulsory purchase and compensation, it remains a highly complex and specialised area of planning law.  No5 has, as part of its planning team, barristers who have been at the forefront of advising on the process, promotion as well as objection to CPO’s in respect of many of key national and regional schemes. Example cases include JS Bloor (Wilmslow) Ltd v Homes and Communities Agency [2017] UKSC 12; [2018] 1 All ER 817, London’s Northern Line Extension; Manchester City FC’s Football academy; Hinckley Point Nuclear Plant; Thames Tideway Tunnel; Heathrow T5 ; national and local road schemes eg Hereford Southern Link Road others; regeneration and empty housing schemes. Current schemes that No5 is involved with include Wylfa Nuclear Power Station, Heathrow and Manston Airport.

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