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Compulsory Purchase Orders (“CPO”)

Compulsory Purchase Orders (“CPO”)

Our experienced team of specialist Planning & Environmental Law solicitors, based in Reading and Henley-on-Thames, can advise you in relation to Compulsory Purchase Orders (“CPO”).

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CPOs are tools used by bodies known as Acquiring Authorities to obtain land, without the permission of the property owner, for certain authorised purposes. Although the permission of the property owner is not required it is common for Acquiring Authorities to seek consent so as to avoid the CPO process.

The exercise of a CPO is a significant interference with a person’s property rights and ownership and accordingly there is a formal process that much be followed by the Acquiring Authority in order for the land to be compulsorily acquired. The process is complex and technical and the importance of professional advice if you have been notified of a CPO cannot be understated.

Specialist advice

We have significant experience in preparing objections to proposed CPOs and in acting for parties affected by proposed CPOs at Inquiries. We are able to carefully manage the process to ensure that your interests are protected so far as possible and we have excellent connections with surveyors who would be able to assist with the compensation process and possibly input into the objection to the proposed CPO.

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Our Planning & Environmental Law Solicitors

For expert legal advice call our Planning & Environmental Law team
Reading 0118 951 6800 or Henley-on-Thames 01491 572 323

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Karen Jones

Partner, Planning & Environmental Law

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