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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.

eminent domain

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

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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He said: "Unless a compulsory purchase order is made, Wrefords have no recourse for appeal, nor to go to arbitration and are therefore left in limbo.
In terms of compensation, it is paid out to reflect the losses and disturbance caused by a compulsory purchase or statutory scheme on an owner or occupier's property.
Mr McKenna calls for compulsory purchase to be considered if dialogue with owners is not successful.
The compulsory purchase order was issued in June last year enabling the council to acquire land and buildings in the centre of Blyth.
The terms of the Compulsory Purchase Acts mean that small and medium businesses will be offered the value of their property plus an additional sum of up to 10 per cent to compensate for inconvenience.
The cabinet meeting will receive a report by officials which concludes there remain too many financial uncertainties and risks and too little time to resolve them with the compulsory purchase deadline looming.
However, despite the recent fall in usage, the report also highlights that compulsory purchase has very high success rates -with less than 5% of Planning and Housing CPOs not being confirmed.
While the relative merits of "gateways", new housing and expensive renovation are being debated by conservationists and architects a real offence against people is being ignored - the theft by compulsory purchase of the homes of old women and other helpless people.
Next week's meeting of the Cabinet will decide whether to proceed with a Compulsory Purchase Order to acquire property needed for a new Library and Information Centre and four-stand bus facility.
There's a compulsory purchase order on some property we own as landlords.
THREE disabled people are getting ready to fight a compulsory purchase order which would force them out of their Coventry flats.
Sunderland Council and Sunderland Housing Group (SHG) are to rethink their development ideas for the area, which include demolition or compulsory purchase orders.