CPA Annual Law Reform Lecture 2019 - Compulsory Purchase Association

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The CPA's Annual Law Reform Lecture 2019
Is There a Need to Reform the Law of Blight?

Date: Tuesday 30 April 2019
Location: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Adelaide House, London Bridge, London, EC4R 9HA
Timings: Registration from: 16.15. Event starts at: 16.45. Event finishes at: 18.45 - Followed by a Drinks Reception.
Fee: Book before 01/03/19 £60.00 +VAT - Using discount code given in email.
The Law Reform Lecture is open to members and non-members alike - Non members can attended for £75.00 + VAT

The Compulsory Purchase Association invite you to attend their annual Law Reform Lecture, where experts will focus on whether leadership from Government to reform and standardise the blight regime is now required. This annual event will be of great interest to all CPA members and those who work with CPOs including acquiring authorities, developers and affected landowners.

The law has long recognised the blighting impact that the making of a CPO or DCO can have upon the value of property. What it has not to date recognised is the impact that may be had by either the mere prospect of a CPO, or upon properties not directly affected.
In recent years there has however been a plethora of discretionary schemes brought forward by promoters and acquiring authorities dealing with just these matters. But the devising of bespoke regimes with varying scopes and rights is thought by some to create a claimant ‘lottery’ where the level of support received by depends entirely upon which scheme a party is lucky (or unlucky) enough to find themselves affected by, and the level of funding it has.

Is such an outcome fair or acceptable in a modern compensation system? Or should we be looking to Government to reform and standardise the blight regime?  If so, how might this work without imposing unsustainable financial burdens on promoters?
Mary Cook, a leading planning barrister will explore these questions and more in her paper to the 2019 law reform lecture.  Mary is a founding partner of Town Legal, and immediately prior to this was a member of Cornerstone Barristers where she served as Joint Head of Chambers.
This paper will be followed by a panel discussion.

  • Rebecca Clutten, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building, CPA Vice Chair

  • Mary Cook, Partner, Town Legal LLP

  • Hilary Wharf, Director, HS2AA (HS2 Action Alliance), Partner, Wharf Weston
  • Simon Mole, Carter Jonas

16.15 - Registration
16.45 - Welcome and Introduction – Rebecca Clutten, Francis Taylor Building; CPA Vice Chair
16.50 - Lead Paper by Mary Cook, Town Legal
17.50 - Question, Answer and Panel Session - Hilary Wharf, HS2AA; Wharf Weston
18.45 - Drinks and Canapés        
20.00 - Close

Mary Cook's paper and slides are attached.

A working group is being convened to take this forward.

The CPA is grateful to
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
for providing the venue for this event

The CPA is grateful to Gatley Hamer for sponsoring this event

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