Welsh government consultation on Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) - Law Society response

The proposals

On 9 October 2019, the Welsh Government released a consultation on proposals for the use of compulsory purchase powers and associated guidance. The consultation asked for views on:

  • proposals to support the use of compulsory purchase powers by local authorities
  • an updated draft Circular on Compulsory Purchase in Wales and ‘The Crichel Downs Rules’ (Wales version 2019)
  • how to simplify the CPO process to improve the delivery of housing.

This consultation formed part of the wider work of the Welsh Government to improve planning law and policy.

Our view

The Law Society welcomed the opportunity to respond to this consultation. Our responses are confined to questions 8 – 12 as these are the areas that fall within the scope of this Committee’s remit. We believe that if Local Planning Authorities are to be encouraged to increase their use of CPO powers, there should be national policy support for so doing.

We take the view that from the outset, using CPO powers should be at the forefront of the Local Authorities’ thinking to ensure that suitable sites are brought forward. The wording of the policy could therefore be strengthened to make it clear that CPO should be seen as an option to be borne in mind, and planned for, from the outset.

Next steps

The consultation closed on 24 January 2020.

The Welsh Government will analyse the results of the consultation.

View the consultation on the Welsh Government website.

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