When the government, local council or a utility company serves
the owner of a property with a notice, it means that they have the
legal right to buy or take rights over property that fall within a
public or private construction project, such as airport expansion,
installation of electricity pylons and cables, flood defence works,
housing developments, telecoms sites, rail- or road-building
projects, sewage, water or gas pipe schemes. We have a good deal of
experience of compulsory purchase cases and can advise on ways to
deal with a notice and its implications in the most profitable and
least disruptive way.
A notice can be confusing from the start as neighbours, who will
all be affected by the scheme, are often served notices with
differing expiry dates. If you own an easement under the
legislation, you are not entitled to be served with a notice. All
schemes should provide compensation to householders, landowners,
farmers and tenants who will be affected by the works.
Our experts will look at the compulsory purchase order or
statutory notice to carry out works such as laying pipes or cables
or erecting a telecoms mast, and in consultation with colleagues
from other departments work out the most suitable response. Often
our fees can be claimed from the authority concerned.
In consultation with the client and using our local experience
and knowledge, as well as the firm's broad experience of compulsory
purchases all over the UK, we will inform the authority of the
projected effects of the scheme. This can include enjoyment of
residential property, ability to work farmland during and after the
works, and any impact on wildlife or conservation schemes which are
already in place. We will often ask for accommodation works which
can help limit adverse effects of compulsory purchase schemes on
property and might include building an underpass to access severed
land or tree planting to lessen traffic noise.