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New Compulsory Purchase guidance

25/10/2011

The Scottish Government has launched new guidance on compulsory purchase orders for Local Authorities and an easy read guide for members of the public.

This is the first time in over 30 years the guidance for Local Authorities has been updated.

The updated guidance follows consultation which shows some local authorities are uncertain about using compulsory purchase, and that there is also concern that authorities do not always engage properly with people affected.

The guidance for local authorities stresses the importance of early, meaningful and ongoing engagement with the people affected.

The guidance is accompanied by an easy read guide for people affected by compulsory purchase. The guide explains the process, how long it should take, the rights people have and where they can go for advice. It has been endorsed with a Crystalmark by the Plain English Campaign.

Launching the guidance, Planning Minister Aileen Campbell said:

"Compulsory purchase can free up blocked land, attract investment, allow regeneration and help projects in the public interest go ahead when they might otherwise not be possible.

"But it's vital that local authorities engage meaningfully with members of the public involved.

"This guidance for local authorities stresses the importance of engaging properly with the public.

"And the accompanying Plain English guide will make sure that members of the public affected by compulsory purchase understand their rights, what is likely to happen and where they can turn for help and advice."

Ms Campbell announced the new guidance in an address to the Scottish Government's compulsory purchase conference in Edinburgh.