In the Media: Midlands Business Insider speaks to Michael Jones about what to do if you receive a Compulsory Purchase Order
Q. I have received a CPO and my business is being forced
to relocate, what do I do next? Your business is going to
have to move, and you'll need a host of professionals to help with
the logistics of that, and the subsequent compensation claim in
particular a building surveyor to provide an accurate assessment of
both your existing premises and the new, to produce the evidence
needed to support your claim.
Michael Jones, head of Powell
Williams' Birmingham office, explains.
"This process is tightly controlled by the compulsory purchase
code, which commits to ensuring that any business disrupted by a
CPO is not unfairly penalised. The business should find itself in
the same position as if it had not been disrupted by the CPO.
Compensation is available to assure that, and to reimburse costs
"In order to claim that compensation, a business needs to
provide a slew of evidence, a key part of which is an assessment of
its current facility and the new building, and a comparison made.
The detail of this will be vital to making an accurate claim, and
so a good building surveyor will look into every aspect of the two
"They will consider the size, layout and use of the space, to
understand whether the new facility will match the original not
just in overall square footage, but also in terms of provision for
the various different operations of a business. This could include
the ratios between storage, manufacturing and office space in an
industrial setting for example, or the split between individual
workspaces, meeting rooms, break out areas etc in an office
"They will look at the staff amenity, the provision of bathroom
facilities, the kitchen and rest areas, parking availability,
security provision. The quality of the accommodation will be a
factor, the age and repair of the building, and any work needed to
bring the new site up to at least the same standard. And then
there's the services. Heavy industrial companies often require
access to high volumes of electricity and gas, which by no means
come as standard.
"The costs associated with upgrading or remodelling a new
building in order to match the facilities being vacated, can only
be recouped if this crucial exercise has been undertaken by an
experienced surveyor who can defend their position if the claim is
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