Last edited 30 Oct 2020

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act received Royal Assent on 13 May 2004.

It enacted polices originally set out in:

It is as an important part of the government’s planning policy reforms intended to speed up the planning process and help ensure that planning applications are dealt with more efficiently. It makes provisions relating to spatial development, planning and compulsory purchase and establishes sustainable development as a key objective of the planning system.

Changes that the act introduced include:

The act is made up of nine parts:

Parts 1 and 2 apply only to England. Part 6 focuses solely on Wales and the second half of part 7 relates to Scotland.

For more detailed information, the notes to the legislation.

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