Committee Updates July 2015

Compulsory Purchase Orders - SLC Discussion Paper

The Scottish Law Commission’s paper sets out the current law on compulsory purchase and its proposals as to how the law could be improved and reformed. 

In our response we stated that we would be supportive of a new statute, and that a properly drafted new Act could result in a more efficient and fairer system of compulsory purchase and compensation which benefits the economy and social justice.   

In our response we refer to the current definition of ‘land’ and that it is too restrictive and that it should include airspace rights.  We also agree powers for temporary possession would be useful, particularly where access is required during construction, and that the right to compensation as the result of a compulsory purchase order should be put on the face of the new statute. 

Our full response can be found on our website