Significant concessions made by Ministers in the development of new compulsory purchase law will exceptionally reduce the potential harm to landowners across England and Wales, said the CLA.
Proposals to extend compulsory purchase powers were highlighted in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill published yesterday (September 7). Ministers announced in June that the Bill would include provisions to allow organisations building major infrastructure projects, such as roads and power stations, to acquire additional land.
The CLA, who is representative of landowners, farmers and rural businesses, criticised the move saying it benefited large-scale developers by allowing the buying up of development land "on the cheap", taking away the ability of thousands of mainly small landowning businesses to develop land themselves.
CLA deputy president Tim Breitmeyer said: "The prospect of having land compulsory acquired is the cause of much anguish for thousands of rural landowners. It results in significant distress, disruption and financial harm.
"We are concerned the proposals could encourage compulsory purchasing authorities to buy more land than needed ignoring latent development value. The understandable temptation would be to do this simply to generate additional income.
"We made our case to Ministers and officials throughout the consultation process and we are pleased our concerns were listened to and the Bill's proposals have been amended into common sense law."
The CLA said they were pleased the proposed privatisation of the Land Registry had been omitted from the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.
Roger Tetlow, CLA senior legal adviser, said: "During the consultation process we were particularly concerned over the implications for landowners and their property rights if the Land Registry were to become a monopoly centred around profit. It is crucial that property owners have confidence in the recording and keeping of their property records and it is right for the Land Registry to provide this fundamental public service."