CPA Reform Lecture 2014 - Compulsory Purchase Association

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The CPA’s inaugural
Law Reform lecture

Herbert Smith Freehills, Exchange House, London
Monday 12 May 2014
15.45  Registration; 16.15  Start; 18.00  Drinks Reception; 19.30  Close

It will be beneficial for attendees to have pre-read the papers prepared for the lecture.  Click here to download paper 1, and paper 2.

The slides used at the event are availble to attendees.  Click here, and use the password supplied in your email.

The CPA has championed reform in its sphere of interest, and is an active stakeholder for a host of consultations.  It also hosts meetings bringing together parties to discuss mutual areas of interest.

The CPA National Committee propose an annual  Law Reform lecture, open to members and non members alike, where experts can present their views on a subject of significant interest and concern, and with opportunities for contributions from the audience.   It is intended that the Committee will subsequently produce a law reform paper.  

This year’s lecture focuses upon Temporary Possession Powers.

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Temporary Possession Powers
The power to take temporary possession of land  for the construction of works is common in the case of railway schemes; the model clauses for Transport and Works Orders make such provision, and so does primary railway  legislation. There are no express powers to take temporary possession of land in connection with highway and planning schemes. Significant practical problems arise for both scheme promoters and landowners where temporary possession is sought.

This lecture will examine:

  • the mechanism and lawfulness of taking temporary possession of land

  • the valuation implications and the assessment of compensation

  • the legal effect and consequences of taking temporary possession of land subject to a tenancy

  • the consequences of taking land permanently following exercise of temporary possession

  • Proposals for legislative reform.


Paul Astbury BSc (Hons) MRICS, GL Hearn

Paul Astbury spent fifteen years at Transport for London Group Property acquiring property through compulsory purchase on a variety of schemes including the Jubilee Line Extension, Docklands Light Railway Lewisham Extension, and East London Line Extension, as well as station improvement and congestion relief schemes.

Paul is a past chairman of the CPA, and is heavily involved in the CPA’s reform activities; and led the Planning Assumptions working group on the Localism Act.

Barry Denyer Green   HonRICS LLM PhD , Falcon Chambers
HonRICS. Hon member of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. Fellow of the College of Estate Management. Editor of the Estates Gazette Law Reports 1987-2006. Joint editor of the Planning Law Reports 1986-2006. Author of: Compulsory Purchase and Compensation (10th Edition) 2013; Development Law and Planning (4th Edition) 2012; Law of Commons and of Town and Village Greens (2nd Edition) (2006) (Joint author).

Barry is also a past chairman of the CPA, and is a frequent contributor to the CPA’s stakeholder engagement papers.

The event will be chaired by Paul Singleton, Chairman of the CPA.

To book this event

Members click here (use the code M1046 to get the member rate of £60 +VAT)

Non members  click here Fee £75 +VAT

RICS members click here Fee £65+VAT

CPD 1.5  hours

CPT is registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority for CPT accreditation for this conference (Ref DLI/CPTE).

This event is registered for Bar Standards CPD of 1.5 hrs

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