Local authorities are continually looking to make better use of the property assets at their disposal to support and deliver corporate initiatives, policies and objectives.
01 October 2019Starts: 10:00Ends: 15:30
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Sometimes, the assets that local authorities have at their disposal are not enough to deliver the projects, schemes or change that they strive for. Increasingly, authorities are turning their attention to the use of compulsory purchase orders (CPO) in a strategic context to help to deliver these things for them, or to make them easier to deliver.
Whether it is land assembly to enable viable development, unlocking difficult sites or clearing away land encumbrances to de-risk development, CPO can be a powerful tool in any local authority’s toolbox.
However, for many local authorities CPOs may not have been used for quite some time, meaning that there might be a lack of internal expertise to know where and when CPO can be used, to be able to decide where to start, and to be aware of the legal requirements, key steps in the process and likely timescales.
Within your local authority, some of you may have suggested the use of CPO in the past and been knocked back by resistance from decision makers unable to see the potential, or elected members concerned about public perception and reputational risk.
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Chris Brain is an FRICS qualified surveyor and a CIPFA Property Associate. Chris delivers training for CIPFA’s Strategic Assets Network, Property Training Network and Highway Asset Management Network, as well as advising on asset management and asset valuation issues throughout the UK and undertaking a range of related consultancy and in house training.
David is a professionally qualified quantity surveyor with over 35 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. He has been with CIPFA since 1998 and in this time has become known as one of the leading UK experts on property and asset management within the public sector.
Jane is a chartered surveyor with over 35 years’ experience in the property industry. For the past fifteen years, she has focused on the development and implementation of strategic asset management within the public sector. Jane worked for CIPFA as a Property Advisor for over seven years and is now working as a CIPFA Associate delivering professional training and consultancy work to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness in the way public sector land and buildings are managed. During 2017/18, she worked for the ESFA providing technical advice on the Capital Efficiency and Capability Programme, in particular in the development of the Good Estate Management for Schools guidance.
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