The CLA has for many years been arguing for reform of compulsory purchase law. A cross-industry group was set up by CLA and NFU to drive the lobbying efforts forward. Success so far has led to several government studies into the area of compulsory purchase and blight, culminating in the 2000 DETR 'Fundamental review of the law and procedures' and the proposals for reform set out in the 2001 consultation paper 'Compulsory purchase and Compensation: delivering a fundamental change'. Work continues to refine the proposals in that paper and to seek to persuade government to bring forward early legislation.
From time to time members will inadvertently damage water pipes belonging to statutory undertakers often through ploughing activities. This Guidance Note sets out the relevant legislative background and offers guidance on how to avoid this problem.
This issue has been of concern to the CLA and its members for some considerable time. The Rural Practice Surveyor prepared a briefing paper after a preliminary review in February 1993 but consideration of the matter has continued.