Compulsory Purchase is an acquisition of interests in land or rights by a local authority or government department for public use or to make way for development, which is authorised by an appropriate Compulsory Purchase Order. This process entitles the purchaser to acquire the property regardless of whether or not the owner wishes to sell. This is most commonly related to proposals for future public works such as transport developments. Anyone who has land acquired as part of a CPO is generally entitled to compensation.

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