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Compulsory Purchase and Compensation Booklets

This is a series of five booklets (revised versions published on 26 October 2004), which explains, in simple terms, how the compulsory purchase system works. If you think you may be affected by compulsory purchase you should read these booklets.

This guidance is not a substitute for professional advice. If you think your property may be the subject of a compulsory purchase order (CPO) you should seek advice from a professionally qualified person such as a chartered surveyor or solicitor, who should be able to advise on your rights and also act on your behalf if appropriate. It is best to seek professional help as early as possible.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors operates a Compulsory Purchase Helpline which can be contacted on 0870 333 1600. This helpline puts you in touch with experienced chartered surveyors in the local area who will provide up to 30 minutes of free advice.

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