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Compulsory purchase orders (CPOs)

This content applies to England & Wales

This section looks at the definition of Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs), and when CPOs are issued.

Introduction to CPOs

Compulsory purchase orders are the process by which a public authority can take land from the owner when the land is needed for some public purpose. 

Making a CPO

How the acquiring authority makes a CPO, notices that have to be served, getting possession and gaining further information. 


Advantages of negotiating a sale with the acquiring authority. 

Opposing a CPO

How to object to a CPO, and the relevant legal procedures. 


How compensation is assessed and the need for mitigation of loss. 

Mitigation or accommodation works

How acquiring authorities can mitigate against the effects of CPOs. 

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