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Compulsory purchase reforms announced

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Digest: The way councils acquire land for housing and infrastructure projects is to be simplified.

Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced a package of measures to simplify and speed up the compulsory purchase order process.

Mr Sharma said: “This government is committed to making compulsory purchase simpler, fairer and faster.

“That is why the measures we are introducing include a clearer way to assess compensation, replacing obscurely worded legislation and over 100 years of confusing case law.

“We are also introducing a new form to make it easier for claimants to get the compensation they are entitled to, and help acquiring authorities get the information they need to assess claims more quickly.”

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