Compulsory Purchase Order

Compulsory Purchase Order

Compulsory Purchase Order

A number of state bodies and authorities have the power to acquire property compulsorily by way of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). For example, local authorities can acquire property for a number of different purposes, including housing, road widening and to facilitate development. Bodies such as Bord na Móna and the IDA also have powers of compulsory purchase.

We at Fagan Bergin have handled very many compulsory purchase cases over the years from the very initial stages right through to full challenges in the High Court and Supreme Court.

If you own property which is about to be compulsorily acquired by a state body or authority then it is important that you react quickly. There are strict time limits for lodging objections and for any court actions which may be required to challenge the CPO.

It is important that you have comprehensive legal advice on the options open to you both as to any objections which you may wish to make and also in relation to the procedures to be followed in progressing those objections to the fullest degree permitted.

Even if you do not wish to object to the proposed compulsory purchase, it is important that you have a full understanding of the process and the implications for you of the exercise of the powers of purchase by the relevant body or authority. It is also important that you have advice on the compensation package that may be available to you for the loss of your property.

We work with other experienced professionals in this area including planners and valuers. We will co-ordinate a team of experts to help you deal with the CPO to the fullest extent.

We can help with the following:

  • Objections – we can assist in drafting and preparing written objections to the CPO
  • Oral hearings before An Bord Pleanála including co-ordination of experts and
    preparing evidence for the hearing
  • Independent adjudications
  • Judicial review proceedings challenging CPOs
  • Dealing with Notices to Treat and Notice of Entry
  • Processing of claims for compensation
  • Arbitration hearings relating to compensation
  • Transfer of property on foot of a CPO

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