MPs debated an amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill today (13 December) that would help complete reform of the compulsory purchase system. The amendment was proposed by former Planning Minister Bob Neill MP and rural MP Geoffrey Clifton Brown, with support from the CLA, to ensure the Government brings forward at the earliest opportunity outstanding measures which pay farmers and landowners losing land to compulsory purchase compensation in advance and offer a better rate of interest when payments are late.
CLA Chief Surveyor Andrew Shirley said: “Over the last two years there have been welcome changes to the compulsory purchase system which help to prevent conflict, reduce delays and remove uncertainty for those at risk of having their land compulsorily acquired so the projects that are a vital part of our economic future can be built. However, there is still more to be done.
“We welcome Planning Minister Gavin Barwell’s commitment to bring forward the outstanding regulations on rates of interest and advance payments as soon as possible. The Government must not drag its heels over this but implement these as soon as the Neighbourhood Planning Bill becomes law to ensure that all farmers, business owners and landowners benefit from better interest rates.
“The CLA will continue to make the case for building a fairer system for those whose homes and livelihoods are subjected to compulsory purchase.”
Click here to read the proposed amendment (NC12) and amendments 26 and 27 which were also proposed by Bob Neill MP and Geoffrey Clifton Brown MP and supported by the CLA in full.