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An Introduction to CPO Powers and Process

Guiding you through the compulsory purchase process.
Wed 2 May 2018
12:30 PM - 05:40 PM
Hilton Leeds City, Neville Street, Leeds, LS1 4BX
4 hours Formal CPD
£110 + VAT


Compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) can be a very complex area so it is imperative that you provide specialist advice to your clients who might be affected by a compulsory purchase. Anecdotal evidence in the market also suggests that there is currently a lack of surveyors with expertise in compulsory purchase processes and procedures. With the arrival of HS2 and Crossrail, the Government’s plan to boost infrastructure and several regeneration projects across the UK, the demand for expert CPO surveyors will continue to increase.

Introduction to CPO Powers and Process Roadshow comes back in 2018 to guide you through the different stages of the CPO procedures.

New for 2018

Keep up to speed with the latest changes in the legislative arena and avoid any legal pitfalls by hearing the latest case law updates and what the recent changes in legislation could mean for you if you are advising on any compulsory purchase-related work.

Listen to a series of case studies focusing on CPOs on the HS2 route. This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions you may have specifically relating to HS2 or any local infrastructure projects in each region.

Don’t miss the opportunity to receive up to date guidance, network with your colleagues, share best practice and take away key lessons learned.

Here’s a sample of what your day will involve

Why and how to use CPOs
As a surveyor, what preliminary actions do you need to take if your client is affected by a compulsory purchase or you are acting on behalf of the acquiring authority? This session will explain further and will look at how and why properties and land can be acquired under the compulsory purchase regime and who has the powers to initiate this process.

Choosing the right compulsory purchase power
There are several enabling powers that allow the acquiring body the right to buy land and making a compelling case in the public interest is a crucial factor in deciding whether a compulsory purchase order will be confirmed or not. Our speaker talks you through the different steps from choosing the right power to making the order.

Anticipating objections
It is not uncommon for someone to object to a compulsory purchase order. Find out what to do in such instances; from public inquiries through to implementing the CPO and compensation considerations.

Essential legal updates
What does the law states in relation to compulsory purchase orders? Find out the key provisions under The Housing and Planning Act 2016 and the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 and any future legislation that are likely to come into force.


  • 2:30 Registration and refreshments

    13:00 Chair’s opening comments

    13:35 Introduction: why and how to use CPOs

    • Who has compulsory purchase powers
    • Understanding the process
    • Preliminary actions for surveyors
    • RICS Professional statement

    13:45 Choosing the right compulsory purchase power

    Commonly used powers available:

    • Regeneration CPOs – housing, planning, Homes and Communities Agency
    • Local Government Act 1972
    • Education Act 1996
    • Highways Act 1980

    Establishing the basic justification

    • Proving a compelling case in the public interest

    Making the order

    • Notification
    • Publicity

    14:45 Refreshment break

    15:15 Anticipating objections

    • Public Inquiry
    • Procedures for CPO inquiries
    • The Decision: refusal or confirmation of the CPO

    Implementing the compulsory purchase order

    • Notice to treat/notice of entry
    • General vesting declaration and when to use it
    • Determining which procedure to use


    • The Compensation code
    • Relevance of Town and Country Planning legislation
    • Compensation considerations
    • Case law update

    16:15 Essential legal updates 

    • Case law update and future legislations

    17:00 Case studies focusing on the impact of HS2

    Our speakers will be delivering case study like examples on CPO and HS2 related work in the region.

    This will be your opportunity to ask any questions you may have specifically relating to HS2 and any local infrastructure projects with respect to CPO in the region.

    17:45 Close of event


We’ve also got some great group discounts when you book together with your colleagues:

  • Book three or more places and get 10% off
  • Book five or more places and get 15% off
  • Book seven or more places and get 20% off.

Select book now where discounts will be applied to group bookings.

  • RICS professionals £110 + VAT
  • Non-RICS professionals £148.5 + VAT
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