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Further reforms to the law of Compulsory Purchase, what lies behind them?

The law of compulsory purchase and compensation was introduced at the start of the industrial revolution to aid the construction of railways and canals. Until recently it had changed very little and many of the old statutes are still in force. Over the years there have been calls for root & branch reform and in … Continue Reading

Compulsory Purchase Reform – Improving the Process?

At the same time as giving the planning system something of a “spring clean” prior to Parliament being dissolved at the end of March, the Government also published a consultation document on its proposed reforms to the compulsory purchase process. The consultation paper presents a package of proposals for improvements to the compulsory purchase process … Continue Reading

The Budget 2015 – what does it mean for planning?

George Osborne, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, presented the Budget 2015 to the House of Commons earlier today, 18 March 2015. What does the Budget 2015 have to say in relation to changes to planning? Rather than providing a comprehensive list including Enterprise Zone changes, Housing Zones and details of the Board members for … Continue Reading

The Infrastructure Act 2015: NSIPs, Conditions and Fracking

The Infrastructure Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015. It is a wide ranging Act in 8 Parts with 7 Schedules. I have focused on three areas of the Act: NSIP changes, Deemed discharge of planning conditions and Rights to access land for shale gas and oil extraction and geothermal energy. Part 5 is … Continue Reading