Friday, 19 May 2017

Conservatives' Flagship CPO Plans For Social Rent 'Could Face Legal Challenge'

Tory plans to overhaul compulsory purchase laws to boost social housing provision could be challenged in parliament and through the courts, experts have warned. The Conservative Party this weekend pledged “a new generation of homes for social rent”, with cheap land deals part of the plan. Theresa May’s party said allowing councils to compulsorily purchase brownfield sites at below market value could release sites for social housing, particularly in urban areas. But Jacqueline Backhaus, head of planning at law firm Trowers & Hamlins, said any change to compulsory purchase legislation would be tough to enact – and could be challenged on human rights grounds. Read more on Inside Housing.

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