Compulsory Purchase

Compulsory Purchase

Dalcour Maclaren's compulsory acquisition team is adept at handling complex and often sensitive cases. This bespoke service is aimed at supporting projects throughout the entire process from the formulation of projects to their delivery.

Our expertise means we can advise on land rights strategy, which is always aimed at a fair and consistent approach to voluntary negotiations. However we also provide clear advice on the availability of powers and their implementation regardless of the size of the project. With an understanding of the importance of branding, consistency, quality and speed of producing plans, we have successfully supported and guided applications for:

  • Compulsory Purchase Orders
  • Development Consent Orders
  • Necessary wayleaves
  • DCO and CPO Referencing
  • Compulsory Access onto Land
  • Implementation of Rights
  • Statutory notifications
  • Consultation requirements

Our specialised and knowledgeable surveyors understand that timing, as well as the interplay between what is demanded and what is best negotiated, is crucial. With careful planning and attention to detail our dedicated, expert teams are able to identify potential constraints and risks at an early stage in a project and advise on how best to make a watertight CPO case if required. A pragmatic and professional approach allows us to meet deadlines without compromising quality of service. We become integral to project teams during the CPO process, delivering the right advice at the right time. We can also give guidance to potential witnesses at Inquiries and Hearings.

We have a proven track record in the following areas:

  • Nationally significant infrastructure projects
  • Other high-profile major national infrastructure projects
  • Attendance at public Inquiries
  • Attendance at Hearings
  • Representation at the Upper (Lands) Chamber
  • Provision of expert witness
  • Knowledge of legislation and associated processes

We know that plans can form the backbone of projects and high-quality, accurate plans are essential for avoiding negative impacts on project delivery, programme and costs. Our centralised mapping department uses state-of-the art technology to produce highly accurate legal plans for notices, wayleaves and easement/CPO plans. Our mapping is linked to our Capture database to ensure a seamless, no-risk link between our referencing data and plans. All the plans we produce are bespoke to individual projects to meet clients' specific requirements.

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