What every property owner and occupier should
What are compulsory purchase and statutory rights?
This is when the government, local council or utility company
has the legal right to buy or take rights over your private
property if it falls within a public or private construction
project such as:
- airport expansions
- housing developments
- electricity pylons and cables
- flood defence works
- sewer, water or gas pipe schemes
- rail or road building projects
Different compulsory purchase or statutory powers are needed
to implement the above schemes. For example, water pipes are
laid under statutory rights under the Water Industry Act 1991 and a
road bypass will have its own compulsory purchase order through the
Acquisition of Land Act 1981.
In all cases, the owners and occupiers of the properties to be
acquired or affected by the scheme will be served Notices, with
differing expiry times. All the schemes provide compensation
to owners and occupiers directly affected by the scheme.
Further information regarding Compulsory
Acquisition can be obtained by using the contact details at
the bottom of this page.