Can Law Solve the Housing Crisis? The past, present and future of Compulsory Purchase Orders

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Thursday 27th October, 2016
ELG02, Drysdale Building City, University of London


Ruth Cadbury MP (Chair)
Simon Ricketts (Partner at King and Wood Mallesons)
Mike Kiely (Chair of the Planning Officers Society)
Greg Dickson (Associate Director, Turley)


It is now widely acknowledged that the UK is experiencing a major Housing Crisis, which is particularly acute in London and the South East of England.  There are pressures to upgrade our local and national infrastructure and to make better use of brownfield sites for development within our major urban centres.

In order to meet the country’s development needs, it is essential that planning authorities have a range of planning tools available to them in order to drive and bring forward development.

This event, organised in conjunction with the City Law School, will seek to explore the role of Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) as one such planning tool and as a legal mechanism.

CPOs represent a significant tool at the disposal of local authorities wishing to assemble complex urban sites and to bring forward the land necessary for housing, commercial and infrastructure development.  Nevertheless, they are often poorly understood within the industry and the process of exercising compulsory purchase powers has been criticised as being slow, unclear and lacking in transparency.

In keeping with Planning Futures’ broader approach, this event will bring together a range of perspectives – representing the public and private sectors.  The panel discussion will offer the opportunity for interdisciplinary and cross-sector learning, and will explore how the CPO process can be improved for all planning stakeholders.


Amongst the key matters for discussion will be the following:

What are the respective challenges of the current CPO regime for local authorities, developers and the legal profession?

Are CPO’s an effective planning tool?

Do local authorities need to become more proactive in using their compulsory purchase powers?

What impact will the changes proposed in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill have on the CPO regime?

How should the CPO process be further reformed to promote improved delivery


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