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COMPULSORY PURCHASE MOOTED FOR REGENERATION

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The government is considering making a statutory provision to grant councils compulsory purchase powers for regener...
The government is considering making a statutory provision to grant councils compulsory purchase powers for regeneration work.

A DETR advisory group reviewing compulsory purchase law and procedures has told ministers that while councils could make greater use of their existing powers than most do, secondary legislation could help clarify matters.

The move could form part of a shake-up of the compulsory purchase system next year.

Responding to a parliamentary question, housing minister Nick Raynsford said: 'It is unlikely any compulsory purchase arrangements could please everyone, but I welcome this opportunity for debate both to help clarify key concerns and to indicate the level of consensus likely to be achievable.'

The government is looking at reform of the Crichel Down rules, named after a land scandal in 1952. These rules provide that, in the main, land compulsorily purchased must be offered back to the original owner once it becomes surplus to requirements.

Mr Raynsford said: '[Research has] confirmed the suspicions that the current arrangements are not working well and, again, we need to establish a dialogue.'

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