Compulsory purchase - post-inquiry procedure

The nature of a public local inquiry and the role of the Secretary of State following such an inquiry were examined by the Court of Appeal in Prest and others v Secretary of State for Wales and the Welsh Water Authority (24 September 1982).

The case arose out of a ten year struggle between Sir Brandon Rhys Williams and the Welsh Water Authority over their plan to build a sewage works on his estate. In preference to the site selected by the Authority, Sir Brandon suggested alternative sites on his land which he was prepared to sell to the Authority, and the merits of the various proposals were considered at a public inquiry in 1977 into the Authority's draft compulsory purchase or

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