CPO Q&A

Q.) What is a CPO?
A.) A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) is a legal function that allows certain bodies such as government, councils or utility companies, in this case National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET), to obtain land or property without the consent of the owner.

Q.) Why has a CPO been issued by National Grid?
A.) National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) has made two Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) to enable us to compulsorily acquire the land and rights necessary to build a new network of cable tunnels in South London, between Wimbledon and Crayford. This new project is called London Power Tunnels 2 (LPT2) and follows the success of our original London Power Tunnels project (LPT1), a seven-year £1 billion scheme to rewire the Capital.

To ensure we can deliver this essential and urgent project without delay, we have taken a comprehensive approach to seek a CPO for land beneath properties along the tunnel route, together with the land rights which we have already reached via voluntary agreements with landowners.

Q.) Does the order cover the whole London Power Tunnels 2 (LPT2) project?
A.) The project comprises three ‘Circuits’: Circuit 1 is from Wimbledon to New Cross; Circuit 2 is from New Cross to Hurst; and Circuit 3 is from Hurst to Crayford. This particular Order covers Circuit 1 and Circuit 2. We will issue a separate order for Circuit 3.

Q.) What do you need the rights for?
A.) We need to acquire the rights to land beneath properties along the tunnel route. We have made contact with owners and occupiers of the properties which are located above the route of the tunnel, to discuss the required rights to deliver the project.

Our CPO will only affect the land beneath properties, and not the above-ground properties themselves.

Q.) I have already entered a voluntary agreement with National Grid?
A.) To ensure that we can deliver this essential and urgent infrastructure project without delay, we have taken a comprehensive approach to seek a CPO for land rights beneath properties along the tunnel route, together with the land rights which we have already reached via voluntary agreements with landowners. This protects us in case unknown landowners arise and in cases where reaching a voluntary agreement is not possible.

Q.) Will I be affected by these CPOs?
A.) We have contacted the owners and occupiers of the properties which are located above the route of the tunnel, to discuss the required rights to deliver the project. We will continue to engage with affected owners and occupiers to seek the rights that we require via voluntary agreement where possible.

Our CPOs will only affect the land beneath properties, and not the above-ground properties themselves.

Q.) Who can I talk to if I have any further questions about the CPO?
A.) If you have any questions about the Order, or if you have not already reached a voluntary agreement but would now like to do so, please email lpt@dalcourmaclaren.com. Alternatively, you can call 0800 160 1376 and ask to speak to Harry Stubbs or Nicola Page.

Q.) What will happen next?
A.) Our CPOs will be advertised in public locations for at least 3 weeks to allow time for those affected to review the documents and make objections to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, should they wish.

If the Secretary of State receives objections to our CPOs, then the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will make written representations to NGET or will arrange for a public inquiry. BEIS will be in touch with those who have made an objection, if they require any further information.

After either the public inquiry or the written representations, the Secretary of State will approve, amend or reject the CPOs. This will be confirmed in writing.

If the Secretary of State approves our CPOs, we will contact all landowners and occupiers of properties which are located above the route of the tunnel, to inform them of the decision. We will also publicise the decision. We will then contact all affected properties again regarding our acquisition of the rights for the project.