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Acquiring authorities are now strongly resisting the provision of underpasses

Acquiring authorities are now strongly resisting the provision of underpasses

Acquiring authorities are now strongly resisting the provision of underpasses

ONE of the more complex aspects of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on farmland is compensation for severance (taking of land), injurious affection (damage to retained lands) and the provision of accommodation works.

Severance and injurious affection are so closely related that they are sometimes (incorrectly) treated by negotiators as a single item of devaluation.

Negotiators that do not assess and claim for severance and injurious affection separately are not doing their clients any favours. Acquiring authority negotiators are likely to strongly resist separate claims for these items but that should not deter the landowner's negotiator.


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