In the good old days, if the King wanted to get hold of your land he’d just turn up with a few soldiers and invite you to leave.
Nowadays, what with democracy and human rights (see ‘political correctness gone mad’), things are a bit different.
Having said that, the state (and those authorised by it) can achieve similar results through what are known as Compulsory Purchase Orders. They are often essential tools to unlock land needed to undertake infrastructure projects, town centre developments or estate regeneration schemes. They enable someone else’s land and rights to be forcibly acquired.
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For further information please contact Neil Toner, Partner, Head of Real Estate at Devonshires.