What is a compulsory purchase order?
A compulsory purchase order (CPO) can be made when an authority such as the Council needs to acquire land for purposes that are considered to be in the public interest, but where agreement for the acquisition of the property cannot be reached or the owner of the property cannot be traced. For example, a CPO may be used to bring empty homes back into use or to regenerate an area.
A CPO must be confirmed by the Scottish Ministers, and when the Council makes a CPO, it must apply to the Scottish Government for confirmation of the order.
Any interested party has the right to object to the order during the objection period. This period runs for not less than 21 days from the date notice of the CPO is first published. Any objection must be made in writing (by letter or email) directly to the Scottish Government, and the details of where and by what date an objection can be made for each CPO are stated in the notice of the relevant order (see below). The Scottish Ministers will consider any representations made before they decide whether to confirm the order. In some cases a hearing may also be arranged to consider objections.
If the order is confirmed, a further notice is then published to make known the confirmation of the order. Any persons with an interest in the property may apply for compensation in respect of their interest and this will be valued by an independent valuer.
The Scottish Government has published the following guidance for owners and occupiers of property affected by CPOs, Scottish Government Guidance on CPOs for Owners and Tenants.
You can view the CPOs currently promoted by North Ayrshire Council:
Flat Ground East, 99 Nelson Street Largs