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.

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing Newport City Council with rating advice for over 20 years. Andrew, Jane and Huw provide a personal and professional service and have an excellent knowledge of the Council’s assets which has enabled the Council to achieve substantial rate savings. A useful service offered is the status report which provides us with a snapshot of what appeals have been made and appeals outstanding throughout the life of the List. I would recommend Cooke & Arkwright Rating Services to any company wishing to procure up-to-date and professional rating advice.

Eirian Jones, Estates Team Leader, Newport Norse