Bracknell town centre compulsory purchase order 2007
A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), is a legal power which allows a local authority to obtain land or property. The council is required to demonstrate that the taking of land is necessary and that there is a ‘compelling case in the public interest’ and that the CPO has been confirmed.
Compensation is paid by the local authority and usually includes the value of the property, costs of relocating to a new property and sometimes additional payments. In the case of Bracknell town centre regeneration, this cost was covered by Bracknell Regeneration Partnership.
The land in Bracknell town centre was the subject of a CPO, confirmed by the Secretary of State in 2008. Once acquired by the council, the interests were then transferred on to the council’s development partner, Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP).
Further information about compulsory purchase orders can be found on GOV.UK.
CPO notices of entry
Notices of entry were served on properties in the north of the town in February and were acquired with vacant possession on 4 June 2013. Other interests in Broadway, Crossway and Town Square were acquired at the same time under Landlord and Tenant Legislation.
Under Section 122 of the Local Government Act 1972, the council appropriated, for planning purposes, land which had belonged to the council but was no longer required for the purpose for which it had previously been held. This was done in order for the redevelopment of the Town Centre to begin.