New policy on compulsory purchase

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ANGUS Council is to adopt a new policy covering the use of compulsory purchase orders to deliver projects which will benefit the county’s citizens.

A compulsory purchase order allows local authorities to buy property without the owner’s permission, if there is a strong enough case for this in the public interest.

A report considered by the council’s corporate services committee ooutlined the policy which introduces new procedures to be followed by the authority when considering a CPO.

The policy sets out the different procedures to be followed against specific circumstances depending on the number of properties involved.

Committee convener Councillor Mark Salmond welcomed the report.

“This report has been brought forward at my request, to ensure that projects which are of benefit to the people of Angus, can be brought to fruition cost- effectively and without undue delay,” he said.