Consultation on compulsory purchase procedure in Wales

Posted by LindaStenner on December 5, 2019

Consultation on compulsory purchase procedure in Wales

December 05, 2019 at 4:20 PM

The Welsh Government is seeking comments on proposal to update the Compulsory Purchase procedure in Wales to assist the delivery of land for housing and redevelopment.

Property owners, developers and professionals with an interest have until January 17, 2020 to respond to the Update Policy and Guidance on Compulsory Purchase in Wales Consultation which includes the ‘The Crichel Down Rules’ (Wales Version, 2019) and revised national planning policy on the use of compulsory purchase powers.

Eifion Bibby, land agent with Davis Meade Property Consultant says the Welsh Government intends to revise Planning Policy Wales to strengthen support for Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to use their compulsory purchase powers to acquire land and redundant buildings in the public interest.

Revising national planning policy to support the appropriate use of compulsory purchase powers will also provide LPAs with an additional justification for undertaking a CPO.

In section 18 of the consultation document the government is also considering whether LPAs should adopt general policies detailing the criteria they will apply when considering whether or not to exercise their compulsory purchase powers.

It is indicated that the intention would be to  streamline the compulsory purchase process and give developers, landowners  and communities greater clarity and consistency on when a LPA may be willing to exercise its statutory powers.

 “We are advising anyone with a possible interest to respond to the consultation as the new procedures, once adopted, will likely apply for many years to come ,” Eifion said.

You can view the consultation at https://gov.wales/compulsory-purchase-orders-cpos-updated-policy-and-guidance

For more information contact Eifion Bibby at DMPC on 01492 510360, email eifionbibby@dmpcuk.com

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