Compulsory purchase orders and acquiring authorities: guidance on preparing a CPO

CPOGNAA/003 Third in a series of guidance notes intended to provide information for acquiring authorities with no, or limited experience of, compulsory purchase orders (CPOs). This note provides guidance on preparing a CPO.

5. General Advice on Alternative Dispute Resolution

5.1. Scottish Ministers have published information about the use of mediation in the planning system. Guidance can be found here:

5.2. Ministers encourage Acquiring Authorities to consider the potential benefits of mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution at all stages of the compulsory purchase process, from planning and preparation through to agreeing compensation. However, this is particularly important before Scottish Ministers are asked to confirm an Order as this can save time and money for all parties, and help to reduce the period of uncertainty for the people affected.

5.3. In some cases the Acquiring Authority may wish to consider whether or not it might represent best value to pay for and facilitate mediation or other alternative dispute resolution techniques.


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