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Eminent Domain

The right of a government to force the sale of real estate by a private individual or corporation in certain cases. For example, if a municipality is building a road, it may exercise eminent domain to purchase the land along which the road is going to run. While the private owners are paid for these purchases, they may not refuse to sell. The term is most common in the United States. The concept is called compulsory purchase in the United Kingdom and compulsory acquisition in Australia.
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eminent domain

The power of government to take land for the public good with the payment of just compensation.See condemnation.
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Eminent Domain

The right of a government authority to take private property for public use and paying fair compensation to the owner.
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In consultations to date, I would guarantee they haven't consulted anybody about the possibility of the compulsory purchase of people's homes from under them.
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According to the Law Commission, in its recently published Final Report on Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) procedure, (1) the current law is 'difficult to locate, complicated to decipher and elusive to apply'.
He urged the Government to consider requisitioning or using compulsory purchase orders for flats that are deliberately kept vacant, in a process known as land-banking.
LANDOWNERS along a busy road into Liverpool city centre have been warned their properties could face compulsory purchase in a PS22m road widening scheme.
The city's housing and propery departments want to use the compulsory purchase powers to help the city meet its target of building 89,000 new homes by 2031.
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