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Compulsory Purchase Orders and Compensation

Knight Frank works with land and property owners to secure the best possible results when affected by Compulsory Purchase Orders.

Knight Frank’s team has over 100 years’ combined experience advising land and property owners who are affected by Compulsory Purchase Orders or are entitled to compensation.

Compulsory purchase and compensation legislation, including Statutory Blight, is notoriously complex. Different rules apply depending on the purchasing authority. While individual discretionary compensation schemes can also apply to specific schemes, professional advice  can help to ensure fair compensation. However, this need not be expensive as professional fees are usually indemnified and paid by the purchasing authority.

Who we help

Our clients include all types of property owners who are affected by a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), or who need to make a compensation claim. We specialise in farms, estates, rural businesses and high-value historic homes but also advise on residential development and London properties.

Why Knight Frank?

The team has in-depth experience of national infrastructure schemes, including:

  • The Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1)
  • The High Speed 2 Rail Link  (HS2)
  • Crossrail
  • Stansted Airport,
  • Heathrow Airport
  • The M25 and A43

We also deal with local schemes across the UK including water and gas pipelines, electrical cables and pylons and road widening projects.

How we can help

Strategic advice

We assess the potential impact of infrastructure schemes and provide advice on what strategic measures, including assessing ownership structures, clients should take.

Compensation scheme claims

We advise which compensation schemes are available at any stage of a scheme and submit applications backed up by comprehensive valuation and supporting evidence.

Compulsory Purchase Order negotiations

We negotiate with the purchasing authority to ensure our clients are fairly compensated for the value of their property and, where relevant, any income foregone and diminution in the value of property not required for the scheme.

Post-scheme advice

Infrastructure projects such as roads can sometimes create opportunities for commercial and residential development. We can advise on how to take advantage of these.


Where required, our in-house mapping team can create bespoke plans and maps to support any compensation claims.



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