Last edited 25 Jul 2017

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act received Royal Assent on 13 May 2004.

It enacted polices originally set out in:

  • Sustainable Communities – Delivering through Planning, July 2002.
  • Planning: Delivering a Fundamental Change, December 2001.
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation: delivering a fundamental change, December 2001.
  • Compulsory Purchase Powers, Procedures and Compensation: the way forward, July 2002.

It is as an important part of the government’s planning policy reforms intended to speed up the planning process and help ensure that planning applications are dealt with more efficiently. It makes provisions relating to spatial development, planning and compulsory purchase and establishes sustainable development as a key objective of the planning system.

Changes that the act introduced include:

The act is made up of nine parts:

  • Part 1 – Regional Functions.
  • Part 2 – Local Development.
  • Part 3 – Development.
  • Part 4 – Development Control.
  • Part 5 – Correction of Errors.
  • Part 6 – Wales.
  • Part 7 – Crown Application of Planning Acts.
  • Part 8 – Compulsory Purchase.
  • Part 9 – Miscellaneous and General.

Parts 1 and 2 apply only to England. Part 6 focuses solely on Wales and the second half of part 7 relates to Scotland.

For more detailed information, the notes to the legislation.

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