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The Law on Compensation Rights for Reduction in Property Values Due to Planning Decisions in the United Kingdom

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Washington University Global Studies Law Review


As we will see, rights to compensation in the U.K. are very limited and are largely related to the revocation or modification of a valid planning permission. In some situations, landowners may also be able to require authorities to purchase their lands. This is limited to cases where either (1) the land is zoned for public works that requires the land to be publicly owned, or (2) a development control decision renders the property incapable of any beneficial use. The overriding principle, however, is that where the development of land is restricted in the name of the public interest, landowners do not have the right to compensation.