Compulsory purchase powers under review in Wales

22 October 2020

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The Compulsory Purchase Association held its Wales National Conference in October 2020. The conference was introduced by CPA Wales Chair, Gary Soloman of Burges Salmon and took place via remote online seminar for the first time. The event was spread over two separate days.

Cooke & Arkwright Directors, Elizabeth Hill and Andrew West attended, and Elizabeth made a presentation on the current commercial property market conditions in Wales in the first session on Tuesday 13th October.

Andrew West, Business Rates Director and inaugural member of the Compulsory Purchase Association Wales Steering Group, attended the second session on Wednesday 21st October. This included a talk by the Senior Planning Manager for the Welsh Government, Andrew Ward.

Mr Ward outlined the Welsh Government’s proposals for reforms to primary and secondary legislation covering compulsory purchase powers in Wales. The proposals follow a consultation conducted last year and responses are invited by Friday 19th January 2021.

Andrew West commented, “Both sessions were interesting and useful in an area which has seen reduced activity in Wales over recent years.

“The creation of the Welsh Steering Group of the Compulsory Purchase Association is a driving force in retaining and developing skills in the surveying and legal professions.

“The Welsh Government is keen to assist Councils to implement CPO’s, particularly where this would facilitate the construction of additional housing stock. It proposes some sensible reforms to primary and secondary legislation to facilitate the process. The conference helped explain the reasoning behind the proposals.

“The success of the event should ensure this becomes an annual event in future.”

Other speakers at the conference included Julie James MS, Minister for Housing and Local Government, Huw Williams of Senedd Cymru, Annabel Graham Paul of Francis Taylor Buildings, Alex Minhinick of Burges Salmon, Keith Murray of Keith Murray Consultants, and Richard Lloyd of Eversheds Sutherland.

I have worked with Jeremy Symons over the past three years successfully leasing and buying property in support of my business. I continue to be very pleased with his knowledge of the market and expertise. Our relationship over this time has resulted in acquiring 20,000 sq ft at Capital Business Park in Cardiff, leasing 11,000 sq ft at Southpoint, and subsequently leasing an initial 42,000 sq ft at Parc Bedwas, followed by a succession of expansions of a further 11,000 and then 47,000 sq ft, enabling us to centralise all of our operations at Parc Bedwas in a single 100,000 sq ft facility. The acquisitions were completed at the perfect time for tenant purposes and the rent fixed throughout the term at very economical rates. A job well done.

Bob James, Aerfin