Compulsory Purchase Orders Briefing: Understanding the Process and Learning from Best Practice

Confirmed speakers:

  • Vicky Fowler, Chair, Compulsory Purchase Association; Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Richard Asher, Director, Compulsory Purchase, Savills
  • Virginia Blackman, Senior Director, Head of Compulsory Purchase, GVA
  • Jonathan Bower, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson
  • Raj Gupta, Partner, Town Legal LLP
  • Gregory Jones QC, Barrister, FTB Chambers
  • Fiona Anthony, Professional Support Lawyer, nplaw
  • Colin Cottage, Partner and Head of Regeneration and Infrastructure, Glenny LLP; Immediate Past Chair, Compulsory Purchase Association (event chair)


In April 2018, a number of reforms came into effect affecting the use of Compulsory Purchase Orders, originally contained in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 and Housing and Planning Act 2016. This included changes to the timetable for confirmation of CPOs, delegated decisions and the payment of CPO compensation. This followed the publication by the Government of updated guidance on the Compulsory Purchase process in February.

Join Westminster Briefing on 31st July for an up-to-date brief on Government measures impacting CPOs, the Compulsory Purchase process and best practice in using CPOs to promote development.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Implementation of changes in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 and Housing and Planning Act 2016
  • Updated Government guidance on Compulsory Purchase process.
  • Choosing the right power and justifying a CPO
  • The process of preparing and making a Compulsory Purchase Order
  • Consideration and implementation of CPOs
  • Determining compensation levels and the procedure for advance payments
  • The main barriers in the current system and how to overcome them
  • Acquiring authorities, landowners and developers working in partnership to deliver positive outcomes
  • Good practice examples of success

The Event:

The morning will focus on Government measures impacting CPOs and will cover the Compulsory Purchase process from preparing a CPO through to its implementation.

The afternoon session will examine best practice in the use of CPOs, addressing the main barriers in the current system and how to overcome them.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from anyone with an interest in compulsory purchase orders, including: planning & regeneration officers; elected members; developers; solicitors & land owners.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Tuesday 31st July 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

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