Ashfords has real strength in depth in compulsory purchase and compensation advice, with a team of three senior lawyers with considerable expertise in this specialist area. We act for a variety of public sector bodies with compulsory purchase powers, as well as advising their development partners and landowners who are under threat of compulsory acquisition.
- drafting, making, submission and promotion of compulsory purchase orders (CPOs);
- land referencing;
- advice on land compensation issues including ransom status;
- CPO indemnity agreements;
- lands Tribunal references;
- making general vesting declarations;
- advice on statutory wayleaves;
- certificates of alternative development; and
- objecting to compulsory purchase orders.
- St Austell town centre - acting for the local planning authority in using its planning powers to promote a town centre compulsory purchase order;
- Wembley Stadium - advising the land owners in connection with a 10 day Lands Tribunal hearing regarding the assessment of compensation for land acquired for the access bridge to the National Stadium;
- Taunton Flood relief works - agreeing a compensation package for a consortium of landowners over whose land rights were acquired under threat of using compulsory purchase powers;
- Royal William Yard, Plymouth - a complicated compulsory purchase order promoted to secure an improved access to this flagship development; and
- Carrick District Council - advice on the promotion of housing CPOs in respect of empty properties, including the confirmation unopposed of a housing CPO.