Compulsory Purchase and Compensation is the essential guide to this complex and increasingly relevant area of the law. Now in its eleventh edition, no other book presents the same level of information on the law relating to compulsory purchase and compensation in England and Wales in such an accessible way. The best-selling book on the subject, previous editions have been used by professionals and students alike in order to gain a full understanding of a key subject for any surveyor or lawyer.

The book is also especially suited to those coming to this complex subject without a specific background in the law and ideal reading for those students taking planning and built environment law modules. Surveyors in particular will find this book invaluable.

This new edition has been extensively revised and reflects the changes to the law in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017, and also recent decisions of the courts and the Upper Tribunal, all of which will be of particular interest to those working on cases related to HS2, the proposed high-speed railway line from London to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.

part I|76 pages

The power to compulsorily purchase land

chapter 1|4 pages


chapter 2|8 pages

The need for statutory powers

chapter 3|5 pages

The sources of compulsory purchase powers

chapter 5|11 pages

Purchase and blight notices

chapter 6|10 pages

Purchase and disposal by agreement

part II|68 pages

Exercising the powers of compulsory purchase

chapter 7|15 pages

Commencing a compulsory purchase

chapter 8|17 pages

The land

What is acquired

chapter 9|9 pages

Taking possession and conveyance

chapter 10|25 pages

The Tribunals Service

part III|184 pages

Compensation for the compulsory purchase of land

chapter 12|17 pages

Compensation for land acquired

Market value

chapter 13|20 pages

Statutory planning assumptions

chapter 14|18 pages

The effect of the scheme

chapter 15|17 pages

Depreciation or enhancement of retained land

Compensation or set-off

chapter 16|5 pages

Compensation for land acquired

Special cases

chapter 18|14 pages

Additional payments

chapter 21|7 pages

Special compensation procedures

chapter 22|6 pages

Compensation and tax

part IV|70 pages

Worsenment, mitigation and other compensation matters

chapter 23|25 pages

Compensation for activities

chapter 25|14 pages

Compensation for decisions

chapter 26|14 pages

Statutory utilities

Compensation for wayleaves and damages

chapter 27|9 pages

Human rights