The team provided land referencing and support in the preparation of the relevant DCO application documents, being the Book of Reference, Land Plans, Crown Plans and input into the Statement of Reasons. During the pre-application stage, we satisfied diligent inquiry to ensure all parties affected by the DCO were identified and consulted with, and engaged meaningfully with those parties to agree terms for private treaty agreements, in advance of the DCO application being submitted, thus demonstrating that CPO powers would only be used as a last resort.
A Property Cost Estimate was completed to demonstrate that the project has the requisite funds to compulsorily acquire the land required for the scheme in the event compulsory powers were needed (and granted), with the cost included in the Funding Statement in the Statement of Reasons.
The team supported the project through the examination stage by providing deadline responses and evidence at the Compulsory Acquisition Hearings whilst simultaneously continuing negotiations with landowners. The landowners included windfarm operators, The Crown and National Grid, and despite the number of interests and the complexity of some of the agreements, all compulsory acquisition objections were removed by close of the examination with 99% of the land agreements completed.