October 2016 Newsletter - Compulsory Purchase Association

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October 2016 Newsletter
CPA Election Results

We are pleased to announce that after the CPA AGM on the 10th October the following have been appointed. 

Chairman: Colin Cottage, Glenny LLP
Vice Chairman: Vicky Fowler, Berwin Leighton Paisner
Immediate Past Chairman: Richard Guyatt, Bond Dickinson LLP

Elected  Members:
Paul Astbury
Henry Church
Rebecca Clutten
Matthew Collins
Barry Denyer - Green
Greg Dickson
Raj Gupta
Adrian Maher 
Keith Murray
John Sayer
Jonathan Stott 
Michele Vas

Representatives: Odell Milne, Scotland Chair, Katie McPhie, YCPA 

Co-opted: Sue Rixon, Gary Soloman

Administrator: Mark Barlow


The AGM voted unanimously to incorporate and the new committee will get things prepared. Members will be briefed in due course.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill 

The Bill contains several proposals for CPO reform and has had it's second reading. Colin Cottage gave evidence to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill Committee on Tuesday 18th October. He was sat with Richard Asher, a former CPA Chairman, who was representing RICS, together with members representing the Law Society and RTPI.

To watch Colin's session click here (His session began at 3:01pm and runs for an hour).

Paul Astbury has written a note below of what was covered.

Congratulations to Colin on giving evidence to Neighbourhood Planning Bill Committee. He did well to put the CPA position across succinctly in short amount of time. 

• Temporary possession and permanent possession on same land not acceptable 
• Problems with temp possession of leases and subordinate interests need addressing before enactment 
• Delete 6D(2-4) in no scheme principle to remove unnecessary complexity 
• Look to USA for ideas on how to reduce conflict and boost speed and use of CPO system. 

Roberta Blackman-Woods MP asked if the proposed CPO reforms in the Bill would make a real difference to bringing forward land for housing or are they just tinkering at the edges. Law Society’s Tim Smith said no they won’t – reforms are good as far as they go but not far enough. Richard Asher for RICS referred to Law Commission reports and case for a root and branch restatement of CPO law. Colin referred to CPA discussions with IRWA and USA experience of 81% land price claims agreed up front as projects are funded earlier than in UK. 

In the follow-on session, Gavin Barwell MP, Minister for Housing Planning and London at DCLG took the stand with Tony Thompson. The Minister acknowledged that there was an appetite for more fundamental reform but said that, while there was a lack of consensus on what that should look like, they were looking to make improvements to the current system.

Dates for your diary

The CPA Annual Dinner - Grand Connaught Rooms, LondonThursday 9th February 2017. The after dinner speaker is Baroness Tessa Jowell.

The CPA National Conference - Congress Centre, London, Thursday 22nd June 2017

Tickets are not yet on sale for the CPA Dinner or the National Conference however we are taking on sponsorship enquiries for both of these, please email jbarlow@cptevents.co.uk

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