Information for land and property owners

You can download booklets published by the Department for Community and Local Government, which outline your rights for compensation, from the website.

We've answered some frequently asked questions below.

If you own a property and the whole or part is required for a road proposal, and you want to move house, you may find it difficult to get a fair price for your home.

This is known as statutory blight and you are entitled to serve a blight notice on the highway authority, in this case Norfolk County Council.

In order to make a claim, you must have been in continuous occupation for six months prior to serving us the blight notice.

You must also show reasonable attempts to sell and either cannot sell or have only been offered a substantially reduced price by prospective purchasers.

If you own a property that is not required for the preferred route, but you believe you will be seriously affected by the road, you may ask the County Council to consider purchasing your property.

We are only legally obliged to buy a property which it needs to carry out the scheme or which is blighted. However, in certain circumstances it can make a discretionary purchase of other property which is seriously affected.

In August 2003, we produced a guidelines document based on section 246(2) of the Highways Act 1980 and you can request a copy from us.

A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) can be made where an authority has proved that there is an overriding need for the land required to carry out works in the public interest.

Norfolk County Council must first justify the need for the scheme, but once this has been proved, we would have the right to buy the land required for the scheme. When we have firm proposals, we will write to the people who own land or property we need for the scheme.

The CPO would enable us to fix a date when we would require entry onto the land.

However, we are obliged to pay reasonable compensation for the loss of any land and will negotiate to settle the purchase. There are strict procedures for CPOs that we must follow, which are there to protect your rights.

Side Roads Orders (SRO) gives us the powers to change the status or alter the line of roads and other rights of way, where they are crossed by the NDR.

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