Within the property profession, compulsory purchase is recognised as one of the most complex areas of legislation and its practice is strewn with pitfalls for those not familiar with its nuances, and particularly in Scotland, its law is rooted in the 1845 Act.
Compulsory purchase is a major tool in land assembly and is used to deliver major and high profile projects in Scotland. However the system groans and frustrates promoters and causes despair and anger from claimants. It is in this back drop that the CPA Scotland poses the question, where is best practice and how do we achieve it? At the same time, reform is coming to Scotland. The Scottish Government committed in its recent Programme for Government to taking forward improvements to CPO in advance of legislation, with a particular focus on bringing vacant and derelict land back into use and facilitating the delivery of housing.
The Compulsory Purchase Association, with over 700 members, has a dedicated Scottish National Committee. CPA Scotland has been an important part in the reform agenda, working with the Scottish Law Commission to facilitate the review of Scottish CPO law and practice and dialog on what reform is appropriate.
Land Assembly in action
- A CPO in action - a Clyde Gateway case study
Changes in Practice
- What can we learn from the reform process in England?
- The Scottish Law Commission Report and Review
- The CPO focus and strategy of the Scottish Government
- The RICS Professional Statement
- Driving up standards
- Ensuring acquiring authorities and claimants are properly advised and represented
- Proceedings in the Lands Tribunal for Scotland
- The role of Compulsory Purchase in community empowerment
- Panel Session
Barry Denyer-Green, Barrister, Falcon Chambers and author of Compulsory Purchase and Compensation (10th edition)
Caroline Drummond, Commissioner, Scottish Law Commission
Elaine Farquharson Black, Partner, Burness Paull
Neil Langhorn, Head of Compulsory Purchase Order Policy, Scottish Government
Odell Milne, Partner, Brodies LLP and Chair, Compulsory Purchase Association Scotland
Andrew Oswald, Surveyor Member, Lands Tribunal for Scotland.
Keith Petrie, Chairman, RICS Scotland Compulsory Purchase and Compensation Forum and a member of the RICS UK Educational Standards Board.
Archie Rintoul, Immediate Past Chairman, RICS Scotland
Ralph Smith QC, Legal Member, Lands Tribunal for Scotland
Mandy Watson, Project Manager, Clyde Gateway
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