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The CPA is a not for profit member organisation that promotes best and effective practice in delivering land for infrastructure, housing and regeneration. It is non partisan and does not support or oppose, nor comment upon specific schemes. Its members represent acquiring authorities and claimants.

Background to the CPA

In 2002 Tony Johnson, a highly respected practitioner, author and educator was invited to consider the formation of an Association focusing on compulsory purchase. The Law Society, the RICS, the RTPI, The Bar Council, IRRV and the CAAV agreed to support the creation of an multi professional association and the CPA was duly formed.In August 2017 the CPA became an incorporated company limited by guarantee and continues to fulfil the same remit.

The CPA is governed by an elected Board of Directors drawn from across the professions together with co-optees who have appropriate, specialist skills to make a significant contribution. Membership of the CPA is broad based within the field which enables diverse contributions from both the public and private sectors.  

Get involved

If you are involved or interested in the field of compulsory purchase, the CPA provides an ideal platform to network, learn, and contribute to best practice and law reform. The CPA has contributed significantly to recent law reform in the Localism Act 2011, the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017. The CPA was also one of the drivers behind the new RICS Professional Statement setting mandatory standards for surveyors advising in respect of compulsory purchase and statutory valuation.

We have personal and corporate memberships available and student membership is free.

To join, click here.

Our Objectives

The objectives for the CPA are to:
  • Establish a multi-disciplinary association of persons interested in compulsory purchase.
  • Enable free exchange of views, experience and advice.
  • Provide correspondence and newsletters to members by e-newsletters and  e-mails.
  • Promote lectures, seminars, and similar events, on compulsory  purchase  topics for both members and non-members.
  • Provide networking opportunities for members and liaise with Universities to provide assistance on compulsory purchase topics.
  • Act as  a  reference  point  and  sounding  board  for  Government,  the  Law Commission and others on compulsory purchase issues and proposals.
  • Promote best practice in all aspects of compulsory purchase.
  • Remain independent of all organisations so as to offer balanced and unprejudiced views and advice.
                The CPA brings together and channels the wealth of expertise in the subject of  Compulsory Purchase & compensation, to promote this important area of work and to foster a basis for best practice. In doing so, it not only provides a sounding board for change in this sphere, but makes comment and provides recommendations relating to relevant Law Commission, government department and other reports and existing/proposed Legislation. It also promotes training and networking to share experience and knowledge. It is a fully independent and self funded organisation.

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