Compulsory purchase

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Compulsory purchase is a vital tool to help public authorities deliver development opportunities that are in the public benefit.

What do our compulsory purchase order specialists do?

Our legal and property professionals are market leaders in advising on Compulsory Purchase Orders from both a legal and property perspective. The planning lawyers within Gateley Legal regularly advise clients on the law behind Compulsory Purchase Order compensation. The surveying experts within Gateley Hamer regularly advise on the promotion and implementation of Compulsory Purchase Orders, assembling land by agreement, acting for scheme promoters (i.e. acquiring authority or developer) and affected landowners from initial consultation through to settlement of compensation claims. And throughout each stage of a project we help our clients to deliver projects whilst creating significant cost savings and minimising risks.

What is a Compulsory Purchase Order?

In certain circumstances the Government, councils or other public sector bodies have the right to compulsorily acquire land from private owners. These acquiring bodies must meet statutory tests in order to exercise such rights, demonstrating that the scheme that the acquisition will facilitate is in the public interest. A Compulsory Purchase Order is commonly used to advance projects such as town centre regeneration, housing renewal and other forms of development. Any party who has had land acquired under a Compulsory Purchase Order is usually entitled to compensation. 

How we help scheme promotors

We advise acquiring authorities and developers on Compulsory Purchase Orders for housing and regeneration projects, Transport and Works Act Orders, Highway Orders and Development Consent Orders throughout the UK. Our services include:

  • landowner and statutory consultation
  • negotiation of access licences for surveys
  • valuations for property cost estimates
  • negotiation of option and compromise agreements
  • expert witness services at public inquiries, hearings and at the Upper Tribunal
  • development and implementation of acquisition strategy
  • negotiation and settlement of compensation claims.
The plans for each Housing Zone have advanced considerably ... This is to the credit of Gateley Hamer and they have left a strong platform for further progress. I have no hesitation in commending their work and the contribution of the lead consultant Malcolm Newman at Gateley Hamer and recommend them for similar commissions.
Jon Lloyd-Owen, Operational Director, London Borough of Bexley

How we help landowners with compulsory purchase

We act for businesses and developers to make sure the impact of compulsory purchase is minimised and to negotiate fair compensation on your behalf. Our services include:

  • responding to pre-application consultation
  • negotiating compromise agreements
  • challenging the case for the use of compulsory purchase powers
  • advising on statutory blight
  • negotiating fair compensation
  • providing assistance with relocation requirements.

Our expertise enables us to deliver significant cost and programme savings to our clients as well as minimising the risk of things going wrong through each stage of this complex process.

Gateley is a one-stop shop for CPO advice.
Chambers UK, 2023

Who do we help?

Whether you are an acquiring authority or developer looking to implement a Compulsory Purchase Order, or a landowner who is threatened by compulsory purchase, we are able to provide support on all aspects of the process. 

Got a question? Get in touch.