FOI request detail

DCO process

Request ID: FOI-0506-1920
Date published: 14 June 2019

You asked

I’m doing some work for the CAA on land acquisition costs and process for the 3rd runway at Heathrow. I understand that you would be a good person to talk with to get some understanding of how this went for Silvertown. In particular, I’m interested in (i) the timing of land acquisitions relative to the DCO being granted and (ii) what proportion of land purchase was agreed prior to the DCO, and how this was arranged (i.e. were all purchases conditional on the project going ahead and how was this arranged).

We answered

Our ref: FOI-0506-1920

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 17 May 2019 asking for information about Silvertown.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold some of the information you require:

  1. the timing of land acquisitions relative to the DCO being granted

     

    Please Refer to the Examination Documents and Website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/london/silvertown-tunnel

     

     

    In particular, for ease of reference two relevant documents are appended, the Compulsory Purchase Update and Post Hearing Submission Document. You will note that many landowner agreements were concluded during the Examination. The terms of the Agreements are commercially confidential. However, in many cases these regularised practical arrangements and accommodation works and did not preclude future use of DCO powers which were envisaged as the means of land acquisition. In another case, acquisition was arranged by means of the grant of headleases to TfL with concomitant restrictions on land acquisition under the DCO and with provisions to effect early return of land when construction was complete.

     

     

  2. what proportion of land purchase was agreed prior to the DCO, and how this was arranged (i.e. were all purchases conditional on the project going ahead and how was this arranged).

“what proportion of land purchase was agreed prior to the DCO.” This information is not held. However, we estimate that approximately 75% of the land within the DCO boundary (including existing highways) was subject to Agreements by close of the Public Examination.

“how this was arranged (i.e. were all purchases conditional on the project going ahead and how was this arranged)”. The individual agreements are subject to commercial confidentiality. However, all agreements were conditional on the Project proceeding. The individual arrangements were bespoke to landowners and please refer to the variety of mechanisms referred to at (i) above.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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