CPA Scotland National Conference 2021 - Scottish Compulsory Purchase Association

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CPA Scotland National Conference 2021
This event is open to both CPA and Non-CPA members.

The CPA Scotland National Conference 2021 is pleased to be sponsored by, The Scottish Government.
Date: Tuesday 26th October 2021
Location: Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Timings: Registration: 9.45, Start: 10.00; Close: 15.35. Event will be followed by afternoon Tea/Coffee
CPD Hours: 4 Hours. Lunch will be included.
Pricing: CPA Members Price: £65 + VAT (this price will increase on 23 August 2021). Non-Members Price: £140 + VAT
Virtual Attendance: Virtual attdendance is available for this event. Please follow the button at the bottom of the page to proceed to book. If you have booked a conference place, but need to attend as a virtual delegate please reply to you booking confirmation stating you wish to adjust your place to a virtual place before 15 October 2021.
The theme for this conference is the effective use of compulsory purchase to assist in the delivery of public infrastructure projects. The provision of such projects has been with us for over 150 years now and the need to deliver the infrastructure that a modern Scotland requires and indeed demands, has never been greater. The successful and timely delivery of public infrastructure projects are needed to help secure that our economy can fully and quickly recover from the severe adverse effects of the Covid pandemic, as well as ensuring that citizens throughout Scotland are able to enjoy these social and community benefits.

Keith Petrie, CPA Scotland Chair; FG Burnett
Tom Arthur, The Scottish Minister for Public Finance
Dougie Bowers, Valuation Office Agency
Tom Winter, Scottish Government
Karen Hamilton, Brodies LLP

Archie Rintoul, Past CPA Scotland Chair; RICS Scotland
Ian Thornton-Kemsley, Strutt & Parker
Rob McIntosh, Aberdeenshire Council
Elaine Farquharson-Black, CPA Scotland Vice Chair; Brodies LLP


Welcome and Introduction from the SCPA Chair - Keith Petrie

Keynote Address - Mr Tom Arthur MSP, The Scottish Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth

Scottish Government Update
  • An update on the Scottish Government’s commitment, contained in the Programme for Government 2021-22, to: “reform and modernise the compulsory purchase system in Scotland, making it clearer, fairer and faster for all parties”

Early Engagement
  • There is significant political will to accelerate and use the compulsory purchase process in order to deliver more infrastructure projects in Scotland. While there is an opportunity to make the process simpler, fairer, quicker and more cost effective without requiring primary legislation, it requires changing approaches.
    • What are the approaches?
    • What are the benefits?
    • How do we get both Acquiring Authorities and the affected property owners to positively engage?

    ADR for Disputed Compensation Claims
    • There is a number of options to resolve disputes
    • RICS is to be introducing an ADR option for disputed compensation claims
    • What is this option and will it work effectively in Scotland?
    • How will such a scheme sit relative to the Lands Tribunal for Scotland

    CPO Collaboration
    • Perth and Kinross Council is one of many Acquiring Authorities in Scotland to recognise the importance of the utilisation of CPOs to bring about public schemes and community benefits. A presentation followed by a panel discussion on this issue.

    Telecoms Update
    • There are more telecom devices in the UK than people. In the last two decades we have witnessed some of the most advanced changes in technology in human history and, as every day passes, the world becomes ever-more reliant on telecoms. Thus, the provision of world-class telecoms and connectivity is key to supporting our economy. This presentation gives us an up-date review as to where we are, in this fast-changing subject and how effective is the 2017 Telecoms Code.

    Community Empowerment
    • CPOs are ultimately for the benefit of communities. Thus, what powers could, or should rest with communities: what access to influence could, or should communities have to ensure change for better? Are Compulsory Sale Orders the answer? A presentation followed by a panel discussion on this issue.

    Wrap-Up Session
    • Aims, goals and outcomes from the various issues discussed and how they fit in with Scottish Government policy.
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