What is a CPO?

3rd Apr 2012

A compulsory purchase order is a legal function in the United Kingdom that allows certain organisations – including NHS Trusts – to obtain land or property without the consent of the owner, so long as there is a “compelling case in the public interest”. Owners or occupiers can challenge this, and their objection will be heard by an independent Inspector.

The Secretary of State then appointed an inspector to hold a Public Inquiry to establish if there was such a compelling case.  The inspector then made his recommendations to the Secretary of State who confirmed the Order.  This means that he has allowed the Trust to use CPO powers to buy the land at Grove Lane. 

The area covers around 6.76 hectares, and is bordered by the A457 (Grove Lane), London Street and Grove Street.  Most of the area consists of industrial and storage premises together with parking areas and service yards.  Much of the land is vacant and parts of it are in a derelict condition.  However, some is occupied by businesses engaged in activities including vehicle repairs and storage.  One large, modern industrial unit at the centre of the site is vacant.

The local planning authority is Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.  In November 2008 the council granted outline planning permission for an acute hospital and supporting education, research and administration centre together with gym, crèche and car parking within the Order lands.  The permission also covers access to the site. Plans also include commitments to improve road access to the site and to enhance the canal environment.

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