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REVIEW OF COMPULSORY PURCHASE SYSTEM

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A fairer, simpler and more effective compulsory purchase and compensation system is outlined in new proposals welco...
A fairer, simpler and more effective compulsory purchase and compensation system is outlined in new proposals welcomed by Welsh minister for environment Sue Essex.

The consultation document 'Compulsory Purchase and Compensation: delivering a fundamental change' is the UK government's comprehensive review of the current framework of statutes, Orders and caselaw which presently constitutes the compulsory purchase and compensation provisions applying to England and Wales.

Ms Essex said: 'I fully endorse the proposals for reform announced in this consultation document. It is a major milestone in pursuing the government's aim of introducing a fairer, simpler and more effective compulsory purchase regime.'

In addition to the consultation document, a 'Compulsory Purchase Procedure Manual' has been published to guide and advise on procedural aspects of the existing system.

'I encourage the use of this Manual as a best practice guide for bodies, including the privatised utilities, who seek to apply their powers of compulsory purchase in pursuing projects undertaken in the public interest. It will assist bodies in managing the compulsory purchase process more efficiently, effectively and sensitively.'

Notes:

The consultation document was published by DTLR on 12th December 2001 and includes the government's response to the review of compulsory purchase and compensation undertaken by the external Compulsory Purchase Policy Review Advisory Group (CPPRAG). The CPPRAG Final Report entitled 'Fundamental review of the laws and procedures in relation to compulsory purchase and compensation' was published in July 2000. The Statement seeks responses from interested parties by 27th March 2002. Copies of the Policy Statement are available from Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions, PO Box 236, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7NB. Tel. 0870 1226 236, Fax 0870 1207 237, E-mail: dtlr@twoten.press.net

'The Compulsory Purchase Procedure Manual' was published by The Stationery Office on 29th November 2001. It was commissioned by DTLR in response to a CPPRAG interim recommendation, which recognised a perceived skills gap existed in making compulsory purchase orders. Although written for use in England, readers will easily be able to adapt the Manual for use in Wales. The Manual is available on subscription priced at£250 per copy and includes a CD-ROM. The Manual will be updated twice a year. Copies can be obtained by telephoning 0870 600 5522, quoting subscription category 700 30 95.

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