Compulsory Purchase Order

Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) definition

/kəmˈpʌls(ə)ri/ /ˈpəːtʃɪs/ /ˈɔːdə/

What does Compulsory Purchase Order mean?

Public bodies, such as local planning authorities, have compulsory purchase powers to enable them to carry out their statutory functions. A compulsory purchase order (CPO) is an order made by a public body under statutory powers to enable them to acquire land to carry out statutory functions, such as to develop land or construct road schemes.

Compulsory Purchase Order explained

One of the most commonly-used enabling powers of compulsory purchase is s 226 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, which enables local planning authorities to make a CPO to facilitate the carrying out of development, redevelopment or improvement of land where it will promote or improve the economic, social or environmental well-being of the area. Among other requirements, before exercising compulsory purchase powers, the acquiring authority must be able to demonstrate a compelling case in the public interest to justify their use.

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