Acquiring authority

CPO services

Our specialist CPO surveyors and planners within the dedicated UK wide compulsory purchase team offer the following services to acquiring authorities:

  • Site assembly and vacant possession advice including budget land assembly estimates and related acquisition strategy advice
    Our experience covers infrastructure, estate renewal and mixed use development schemes.
  • Red line planning, route planning
    Particularly relevant on infrastructure projects where part only of properties may be required, we can advise the best way forward to minimise compensation claims.
  • Strategic advice on the promotion of compulsory purchase orders (CPO’s)
    We advise on which powers to use, when to use them, ensuring integration with the overall project programme.
  • Project management of the CPO process
    Our approach includes proactive identification of risks and mitigation, and thoughtful solutions to ensure delivery.
  • Land assembly costs, including compulsory purchase compensation estimates
    We can provide land assembly cost estimates for viability assessments throughout project feasibility and evolution.
  • Negotiation of land acquisitions and CPO compensation claims
    These claims include disturbance, potential for business extinguishment and development potential as well as market value and statutory loss payments.
  • Blight procedures
    We advise on reducing the risk of blight and negotiation of blight claims on behalf of acquiring authorities and developers.
  • Objector management and negotiated removal of objections
    We assess and prioritise all objections submitted, carrying out negotiations with objectors to secure removal, thus maximising the case for CPO powers at Inquiry.
  • Project management of the possession process
    We can plan an efficient and effective post CPO possession process, including inspections, securing property and use of Sheriff to obtain possession of disputed properties.
  • Expert evidence at CPO Inquiries and Tribunals
    Our experience includes giving evidence at Public Inquiries, Development Consent Order Examinations and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) on the need and purpose of a CPO, attempts to acquire by agreement, valuation, and the basis of compensation and disturbance claims.
  • Certificates of Appropriate Alternative Development
    We can advise on when and how these are best used.