Towards a Compulsory Purchase Code

Current project status

  • Initiation: Could include discussing scope and terms of reference with lead Government Department
  • Pre-consultation: Could include approaching interest groups and specialists, producing scoping and issues papers, finalising terms of project
  • Consultation: Likely to include consultation events and paper, making provisional proposals for comment
  • Policy development: Will include analysis of consultation responses. Could include further issues papers and consultation on draft Bill
  • Reported: Usually recommendations for law reform but can be advice to government, scoping report or other recommendations

This project is complete. Our recommendations will not be implemented

The aim of this project was to review the law (legislation, case law and common law rules) relating to compulsory purchase of land and compensation, with particular regard to:

  • the implementation of compulsory purchase orders
  • the principles for the assessment of compensation on the acquisition of land
  • compensation where compulsory purchase orders are not proceeded with
  • compensation for injurious affection, and
  • to make proposals for simplifying, consolidating and codifying the law.

We completed two consultations as part of this project:

  • Towards a Compulsory Purchase Code: (1) Compensation
  • Towards a Compulsory Purchase Code: (2) Procedure


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Project details

Area of law

Public law