Property owners need a better deal, says CLA

16 March 2016

The CLA is calling on government to give a better deal to rural land, home and business owners following confirmation in today’s Budget that the North will receive more investment in infrastructure.

The organisation, which represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural businesses in the North, is calling for fairer compulsory purchase deals for people whose property will be lost or blighted by the planned HS3 rail scheme and the M62 enlargement.

CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said: “There are few business relationships that are as unfair and imbalanced as compulsory purchase. The system is grossly unfair and creates a David verses Goliath situation between the Government and individuals most affected by the scheme.”

The CLA has published Fair Play: CLA vision for reform of the compulsory purchase system, a policy report which sets out a framework for root-and-branch reform of compulsory purchase. The CLA has also been in discussions with the Treasury in the past year and progress is being made towards a fairer system.

Miss Fairburn added: “Government has been listening to our concerns and sees the benefit of reducing the cost and time involved in reforming compulsory purchase. However they are not moving fast enough.

“Our proposals would deliver a fairer balance between the interests of all parties, reducing conflict and delay and leading to better projects that take into account the impact on those affected and mitigate them better.”