Compulsory Purchase

March 9th, 2023 by James Goudie KC

In STOCKPORT MBC  v PERSONS UNKNOWN (2023) UKUT 53 ( LC ) it is held that where a local authority had acquired land under a CPO, but had been unable to identify the owner of the land, it was NOT required to serve a Notice to Treat, under Section 5 of the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965, prior to payment into Court of the amount of compensation determined by the UT and completion of the vesting of the land by Deed Poll. The Section 5 requirement to give a notice to treat to persons interested in the land applied only where such persons were “known to” the acquiring authority after making “diligent enquiry”.

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