Compulsory Purchase and Site Assembly

Compulsory Purchase and Site Assembly

DWD have a highly experienced team of Chartered Surveyors that are capable of providing expert multidisciplinary advice on Site Assembly, Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) and Compulsory Purchase Compensation. Our specialist team has experience in advising developers assembling sites, public authorities using statutory powers of Compulsory Purchase, as well as representing those who are affected by a CPO and those who oppose one.


DWD represent both developers and acquiring authorities, providing strategic advice on every stage of the land assembly process from private treaty acquisitions through to the making and execution of a Compulsory Purchase Order.

DWD have a multidisciplinary team that also work extensively with other property professionals advising on strategic land assembly issues and Compulsory Purchase policy and procedure. Services include:

  • Promotion of projects and use of Compulsory Purchase
  • Policy and procedural advice
  • Land/property referencing
  • Provision of acquisition budgets and Compulsory Purchase cost estimates
  • Preparation of strategic negotiation advice for dealing with those affected by a CPO
  • Management of the Compulsory Purchase process and objections to it
  • Negotiating claims for compensation
  • Preparation of evidence for and attendance at Public Inquiries and Upper Tribunal hearings



Compulsory Purchase is becoming more frequently used as an effective tool to assemble interests in land and property in order to facilitate development. The origins of Compulsory Purchase has its roots in some of the most antiquated and complex legislation which often makes for an extended, uncertain acquisition process, sometimes over several years and often with life changing consequences.

The parties putting together a site, or considering the use of Compulsory Purchase, may also have the advantage of time spent planning their strategy and will often have considerable resources at their disposal. It is therefore crucial to take professional advice at the earliest possible stage from experienced professionals.

DWD represent property owners/occupiers of all classes of property and have the expertise to guide claimants through the complicated process of Compulsory Purchase and provide strategic advice in order to maximise the value of your interest.

Our simple goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for you whether that is objecting to a CPO, seeking modification of a proposed scheme to exclude your property, or preparing a detailed valuation and negotiating the highest possible price or claim for compensation for the loss of your interest.