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CPA Summer Newsletter 2018
Welcome to the summer newsletter of 2018.
Hot News – New Chair and Vice Chair announced!
Nominations for members of the CPA Board have now closed.
Jonathan Stott and Rebecca Clutten were unopposed for the posts of Chair and Vice Chair. I congratulate them. They will take office after the AGM in October.
There are 12 members seeking to join the management board, with only 6 places available. Therefore, an election will take place. This will be conducted through Election Buddy once more. Fully paid up members from the 1st August 2018 will receive an email inviting them to read and to vote in the election. Reminder emails will be sent. Be on the look out for the email and if you do not receive this by 10th September, please call the office. The election will end at the end of September.
Full rules are on the website, to view click here.
Best Practice, Reform News
A call for best practice documentation
As part of the CPA’s drive to promote better behaviours between acquiring authorities and claimants advisors, the CPA have started to collect examples of best practice which strike a reasonable balance between the interests of the AA and the claimant. The objective being to discuss this with a working group and publish examples on the CPA website.
Home Loss Payments (Prescribed Amounts) (England) Regulations 2018 (Statutory Instrument 2018 No915) were laid before Parliament yesterday and comes into force on 1st October 2018. The SI follows the annual review of the thresholds for home loss payments and reflects the Government’s decision to raise the maximum and minimum payment thresholds for owner-occupiers from £61,000 and £6,100 to £63,000 and £6,300 respectively. The flat rate paid to tenants has been raised from £6,100 to £6,300.
Click on the heading for more information.
NPPF and Compulsory Purchase Policy
The new NPPF has now been published. If you have not spotted it already there is a compulsory purchase policy "hook" in paragraph 119 which states:
'Local planning authorities, and other plan-making bodies, should take a proactive role in identifying and helping to bring forward land that may be suitable for meeting development needs, including suitable sites on brownfield registers or held in public ownership, using the full range of powers available to them. This should include identifying opportunities to facilitate land assembly, supported where necessary by compulsory purchase powers, where this can help to bring more land forward for meeting development needs and/or secure better development outcomes.'
The second sentence, which makes express reference to the potentially positive role of compulsory purchase, was not in the original consultation draft.
RICS Consultation of early ADR Procedures
This week we were told that the RICS is undertaking a consultation on early CPO ADR procedures. The CPA board have yet to consider its merits.
The consultation window is short, having started on 27th July and ending 24th August. However, the CPA has secured an extension until 21st September for you to provide comments.
For further details, CPA members should email email@example.com and ask for details to take part.
Land Value Capture
Vicky Fowler and Barry Denyer-Green gave evidence at the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee in June. The MPs are examining ways by which land value can be captured more effectively. One such proposal has been changing the 1961 Act provisions such that compensation would be restricted to existing use value. The CPA do not support this view. Its view can be read here.
Land Value Capture was also the theme for The CPA Annual Reform lecture. Richard Harwood OBE QC reviewed the subject in some detail and has subsequently produced a paper on the subject. You can view the paper here.
The CPA National Conference took place on Wednesday 11th July 2018 and was a great success with over 300 people attending, making it our biggest event yet. To view the conference slides please click here.
AGM - The date for this year's Annual General Meeting is Monday 15th October 2018. Which this year will be held in Birmingham. Further details will be circulated in due course.
CPA Annual Dinner - The date for next years annual dinner is Thursday 7th February 2019. This will again be held at Grand Connaught, London. Further details to follow.
Vicky Fowler, CPA Chair