Land Assembly and Compulsory Purchase for Major Infrastructure | 26 April 2023 – Gowling WLG,  London

Registration and refreshments
08:45  to  09:30
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
09:30  to  09:40
Vicky Fowler. Partner. Gowling WLG.
Powers available for land assembly and compulsory purchase
09:40  to  10:05
  • Implications of Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill on compulsory purchase
  • Options for land assembly – what powers are available through the Planning Act 2008
  • Categories of land and what land can be acquired
  • Compulsory purchase and biodiversity net gain
  • Ancillary development  
Richard Thurling. Legal Director. Gowling WLG.
Managing land assembly alongside your wider project development
10:05  to  10:30
  • How to manage the land assembly process 
  • Timelines for development
  • Project management and team needed
Selina Wakeham. Partner. Carter Jonas.
Panel discussion: Timelines for development and speeding up the process – what is needed to support this?
10:30  to  11:10
  • Timescales for land assembly and having more certainty for the project
  • What does speeding up the NSIP process mean for land assembly? How will it have an impact?
  • What further changes and reform is needed?
Sarah Collins. Head of Land, Property and Compensation at Lower Thames Crossing. National Highways.
Paul Gardner. Senior Regeneration Manager. Enfield Council.
David Baker. Partner. Baker Rose Consulting.
Morning networking and refreshments
11:10  to  11:40
Conducting land valuation – when and how to establish land value
11:40  to  12:05
  • Different factors impacting value
  • Estimating costs
Henry Church. Senior Director. CBRE.
Successfully undertaking land referencing: identifying who has land rights
12:05  to  12:30
  • Identifying all parties that have land rights
  • When to start and what information to record?
  • Best practice and risks faced throughout the process
Orla Fegan. Associate Land Consultant. WSP.
Engaging effectively with landowners throughout the process
12:30  to  12:55
  • Benefits of early engagement
  • How to communicate – when and how to engage
  • Changing engagement strategies throughout the process
  • Carrying out negotiations 
Georgie Harding-Edgar. Land Manager. Vattenfall.
Networking lunch
12:55  to  13:55
Landowner’s perspective of land assembly – what are the key concerns of landowners?
13:55  to  14:20
  • Engaging effectively with land owners
  • What information is required by land owners and when?
Louise Staples. Rural Surveyor. National Farmers Union (NFU).
How is land acquisition tested at examination?
14:20  to  14:45
  • Demonstrating need for land
  • Issue specific hearings
Alexander Booth KC. Francis Taylor Building.
Calculating compensation and conducting negotiations
14:45  to  15:10
  • Calculating compensation
  • Budgeting for compensation alongside wider costs
  • Establishing payment schedules
Nick Rushton. Director & Head of Infrastructure Compensation. Ardent.
Afternoon networking and refreshments
15:10  to  15:40
The role of technology and digital innovations in transforming the process
15:40  to  16:10
  • What technologies are speeding up the process?
Adrian Maher. Senior Partner. AspireCP.
Implementation of powers following project approval
16:10  to  16:40
  • Next steps following project approval
  • Timelines for implementation – when to take possession
  • Implication of rising costs on delay to implementation of powers
Nigel Randall. Director - Compulsory Purchase and Compensation. Deloitte.
Chair’s closing remarks
16:40  to  16:50
Close of conference and networking drinks
16:50  to  18:00

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