Compulsory Purchase in 2018: Policy, Process and Practice

This briefing will examine the future of the compulsory purchase process in Scotland, focusing on latest policy, developments and practice.

Next steps for compulsory purchase in Scotland

The Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2017-18 commits to modernising Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) with new legislation and guidance due.

CPOs are an ancient but relatively unused legal function in Scotland which allow public sector organisations and infrastructure providers to acquire land without the owner's permission, if there is a strong enough public interest.

Could an increase in use of CPOs help deliver land and enable national and local priorities, such as: regeneration, housing supply and improved infrastructure?

Attend this timely Holyrood briefing for an up-to-date brief on compulsory purchase policy, guidance and practice.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Guidance on latest Compulsory Purchase policy, developments, priorities
  • The potential of compulsory purchase powers for land assembly and development
  • Good practice in preparing, making and implementing a CPO
  • Learning from the experience of compulsory purchase so far

Who will benefit from attending?

The event will be of benefit to anyone with an interest in compulsory purchase orders and land development. Attendees will be drawn from areas, including: planning; regeneration, housing, infrastructure and utilities; elected office; developers; surveyors; solicitors & land owners


09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

10:05 Session 1: Update and Overview on Compulsory Purchase

  • Up-to-date brief on the latest policy developments, priorities and guidance for CPOs
  • The potential of compulsory purchase powers for land assembly and development
  • CPOs role in delivering value on public projects
  • Legal guidance and latest case law
  • Alternatives to compulsory purchase when managing land

Sam Anderson, Senior Policy Manager: Compulsory Purchase Orders, Scottish Government​

Mark McMurray, Senior Associate, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP  

11:05 Questions and Discussion

11:30 Refreshments and Networking

11:50 Session 2: Implementing a Compulsory Purchase Order – Process, Guidance and Procedure

  • Role and responsibilities of all stakeholders within a CPO
  • Ensuring early, ongoing and meaningful engagement from the outset by acquiring authority
  • Opportunities for promotion at an early stage and efficient consideration of CPOs
  • Authorities, landowners and developers working in partnership
  • Innovative measures and arrangements to deliver CPO projects, demonstrate value and ROI
  • Overcoming barriers within the system
  • Meeting consistent and high standards in the process

12:30 Questions and Discussion

12:50 Lunch and Networking

13:35 Session 3: Case Study Seminar - Learning From The Experience of Compulsory Purchase So Far

A series of case studies will share insights from different compulsory purchase order experiences.

14:35 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Summary by the Chair

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

26 April 2018



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