On the 15th of January 2019, National Grid Viking Link Ltd. made The National Grid Viking Link Limited (Viking Link Interconnector) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019 (CPO) to enable it to compulsorily acquire the land and rights necessary to install the UK onshore infrastructure.
A copy of the CPO, the Maps which show the land included in the CPO, the Statement of Reasons explaining why the CPO has been made, and the documents referred to in it, are available to view here.
The CPO was submitted to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“Secretary of State”) for confirmation on the 18th of February 2019.
A public inquiry
As objections have been received to the CPO, the Secretary of State has directed that a public local inquiry be held, commencing on Tuesday the 25th of June 2019 at which an Inspector will hear evidence from National Grid Viking Link Ltd. and any objectors before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State as to whether the CPO should be confirmed.
If confirmed, National Grid Viking Link Ltd. will have powers available to it to compulsorily acquire the land and rights needed for the UK onshore infrastructure.
In accordance with Rule 7 of The Compulsory Purchase (Inquiries Procedure) Rules 2007, NGVL is required to submit a Statement of Case to the Secretary of State, and to all remaining objectors to the CPO, no later than Friday the 3rd of May 2019. The Statement of Case explains why the CPO has been made, and why NGVL consider there to be a compelling case for its confirmation by the Secretary of State. The Statement of Case and the documents referred to in it can be viewed here.
NGVL is also required to submit its evidence to be considered at the inquiry to the Secretary of State, the Inspector and to all remaining objectors by the 4th of June 2019. NGVL's evidence can be viewed here.
Contacting the team
If you would more information about the CPO or the Project please contact Dalcour Maclaren by telephone on 03334 560 110 (phone lines are operational between 9.00am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays) and ask for a member of the NGVL project team or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to find more information about CPO
Further detail on the compulsory purchase process can be found in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Guidance on Compulsory Purchase Process and The Crichel Down Rules (February 2018) which are available to view and download.
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has also produced booklets and guidance on how the compulsory purchase process works entitled "Compulsory Purchase and Compensation" listed below:
- Booklet No. 1 - Compulsory Purchase Procedure.
- Booklet No. 2 - Compensation to Business Owners and Occupiers.
- Booklet No. 3 - Compensation to Agricultural Owners and Occupiers.
- Booklet No. 4 - Compensation for Residential Owners and Occupiers.
- Booklet No. 5 - Reducing the Adverse Effects of Public Development: Mitigation Works.