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The Compulsory Purchase (Inquiries Procedure) Rules 2007

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Pre-inquiry meetings: notices, outline statements, etc

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5.—(1) The authorising authority shall cause to be published not later than 3 weeks after the relevant date, in one or more local newspapers circulating in the locality in which the land is situated, a notice of its intention to cause a pre-inquiry meeting to be held.

(2) The acquiring authority shall, not later than 8 weeks after the relevant date, send its outline statement to each remaining objector and, in the case of a non-ministerial order, to the authorising authority.

(3) The authorising authority may by notice in writing require—

(a)any remaining objector, and

(b)any other person who has notified it of his intention or wish to appear at the inquiry,

to send, within 8 weeks of the date of such notice, an outline statement to the authorising authority and to any other person specified in the notice including, in the case of a non-ministerial order, the acquiring authority.

(4) The authorising authority shall give not less than 3 weeks’ written notice of the meeting to—

(a)each remaining objector, and

(b)any other person whose presence at the meeting seems to it to be desirable, and

(c)in the case of a non-ministerial order, the acquiring authority.

(5) The authorising authority shall also give notice of the date, time and place of the pre-inquiry meeting by taking either or both of the following steps—

(a)fixing a notice—

(i)to a conspicuous object or place on or near the land; or where the land extends for more than 5 kilometres, at intervals of not more than 5 kilometres; and

(ii)in at least one place in the locality in which the land is situated where public notices are usually posted;

(b)publishing a notice in one or more newspapers circulating in the locality in which the land is situated.

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