Use of CPO by the Environment Agency – How Compulsory Is It?

    View Author September 2017

    The Environment Agency will often need to access private land as part of its projects, including in relation to flood alleviation schemes. In line with other utilities companies, such as water companies, the Environment Agency has wide-ranging powers to do so in order to exercise or perform its various statutory powers and duties, which sit alongside its statutory powers to compulsorily acquire land or interests in/rights over land to carry out its functions. However, to what extent does the Environment Agency get to choose which of its powers it relies on when carrying out works?