Compulsory Purchase Orders in 2019: Process & Practice Developments

Key speakers include: 

  • Tom Winter, Planning Directorate, MHCLG
  • Dan Knowles, Director, Sawyer Fielding (chair) 
  • Jonathan Stott, Managing Director, Gateley Hamer & Chair, Compulsory Purchase Association
  • Vicky Fowler, Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Richard Guyatt, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
  • Richard Blyth, Head of Policy, Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Meyric Lewis, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building


Several recent amendments to the compulsory purchase regime have come into effect over the last year. With Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 powers to take temporary possession of land yet to be implemented, a Parliamentary Committee calling for reform of the Land Compensation Act 1961, and the Government announcing in the budget that it would “consult on how modernisation of the Use Classes Order and CPO regime can help facilitate the transformation of the High Street”, the coming year promises further change.

Join Westminster Briefing on 21 March for an up to date brief on CPO process & practice developments in 2019. We will examine changes to CPO guidance & law and how different practitioners are approaching the regime to achieve their goals.

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • Housing & Planning Act 2016 & Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 reforms and their impact to date
  • The Valuation Office Agency's October 2018 Land Compensation Manual
  • Latest legal developments
  • Plans for new powers to take ‘temporary possession’ of land
  • How 'modernisation of the CPO regime can help facilitate the transformation of the High Street'
  • Wider Government planning changes affecting compulsory purchase
  • Identifying & overcoming barriers in the current system
  • Future CPO reform

About the event:

The morning session will focus on the latest developments in compulsory purchase rules, guidance, and process.

The afternoon session will examine working with CPOs in practice and what can be learnt from recent examples of success.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in compulsory purchase orders, including: acquiring authorities; land owners; developers; planning solicitors & consultants; surveyors; utility companies; and representative groups.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Thursday 21st March 2019

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)


Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each


Public Sector & Not for Profit| 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact | 0207 593 5657

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