3rd Annual (2019)

Land Assembly and Compulsory Purchase for Major Infrastructure

Tuesday 26 November 2019


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s opening remarks
Jonathan Stott
Managing Director
Gateley Hamer
What powers are available for land acquisition as part of a development consent order?
  • What powers are available?
  • What land can and can’t be acquired?
  • Demonstrating the need for acquisition over possession
  • Showing the justification for land acquisition
  • Other powers and special cases
Toni Weston
Gowling WLG
Managing the compulsory purchase process alongside your application: timelines in relation to the rest of the project development
  • The importance of project management in relation to planning the whole scheme
  • When to start land referencing and the compulsory purchase process
Greg Dickson
Planning Director
Barton Willmore
Morning refreshments
Successfully beginning and conducting land referencing for your project: how to identify those with land rights
  • What information needs to be obtained and recorded?
  • How should information be stored and land reference be demonstrated?
  • Identifying those with land rights
  • Creating the book of reference and land plans
  • Overcoming possible risks and delays to the process
  • Best practice and practical insight on undertaking referencing
Keith Watson
Programme Manager
Conducting ongoing landowner engagement: how best to engage and the benefits of early communication
  • How and when to engage with land owners
  • Demonstrating engagement
  • Building ongoing relationships with communities
  • Conveying all the required information
  • The benefits of early engagement
How to manage negotiations and establish compensation
  • Potential challenges during compensation talks
  • Estimating costs and calculating compensation
  • Working towards agreements
  • Establishing land values
  • Exploring all alternative to compulsory purchase
Networking lunch
Demonstrating the need for land acquisition at examination: how is it tested?
  • Demonstrating consultation and engagement with land owners
  • How will land acquisition be examined?
  • Continued engagement with landowners during examination
  • Showing all necessary steps have been undertaken
  • Resolving matters outside of examination
  • The use of issue specific hearings
Mark Westmoreland-Smith
Francis Taylor Building
Landowner perspective on the land acquisition process
  • Information required from developers
  • Negotiations and engagement
Louise Staples
Rural Surveyor
National Farmers’ Union
Providing flexibility in DCOs the impact on land assembly
  • The need for flexibility in DCOs
  • How flexibility in the DCO impact land assembly and overcoming the challenges this creates
Kieran Mirner
Project Manager (Land)
ScottishPower Renewables
Afternoon refreshments
Implementation of land acquisition powers
  • Access and when to taking possession of land
  • Timelines for implementation
  • Best strategies and approach for completing acquisition
  • Third party assurances
  • When to send notices
Lessons learned and guidance for future projects
  • Challenges faced during the process and how they were overcome
  • Undertaking land referencing and stakeholder engagement for one of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK
  • Implementation of compulsory purchase powers and on-going engagement
  • Lessons learnt from the process and advice to future promoters
Sarah Collins
Complex Infrastructure Programme Land & Property Lead
Highways England
Anne Richards
Commercial Director Infrastructure
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

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