Policy and Legislation

Circular 02/03: Compulsory purchase orders

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Feb 04

This Circular has been cancelled and replaced by Circular 06/04: Compulsory Purchase and The Crichel Down Rules except to the extent that it is still applicable to earlier compulsory purchase orders to which Part 1 of the Memorandum to the 2005 Circular is not applicable.

The purpose of this Circular is to provide guidance to acquiring authorities in England making compulsory purchase orders to which the Acquisition of Land Act 1981 applies.

Its aim is to help them to use their compulsory purchase powers to best effect and, by advising on the application of the correct procedures and statutory or administrative requirements, to ensure that orders progress quickly and are without defects.

It is not, however, intended to be comprehensive. It concentrates mainly on those policy issues, procedures and administrative requirements to which authorities need to have regard to assist the speedy handling of their orders by the relevant confirming Department, along with guidance on certain key elements of the implementation and compensation arrangements.