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.