MD1572 London City Airport Compulsory Purchase

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Date signed: 
06 November 2015
Decision by: 
Jeff Jacobs, Head of Paid Service

Executive summary

This Mayoral Decision asks for the approval of expenditure to allow the Mayor to contest an attempt by London City Airport (LCA) to acquire land, by way of a compulsory purchase order (CPO), owned by GLAP at the Royal Docks, Newham.


That the Executive Director approves expenditure of up to £500,000 in respect of technical and legal support to object to and contest the compulsory purchase order in relation to the London City Airport.

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

1.    Introduction and background

LCA has made a CPO and has served papers on GLAP to acquire land owned by GLAP at the Royal Docks, Newham. GLAP have until 2 December to lodge an objection. Officers need to appoint the necessary legal team and technical experts in order to prepare the objection and contest the CPO.

Objectives and expected outcomes

2.    Objectives and expected outcomes

To enable preparation for and presentation of a robust case at the forthcoming CPO inquiry.

Equality comments

3.    Equality comments

Under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, in making these decisions “due regard” must be had to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation as well as to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who have a protected characteristic and those who do not. This duty has been taken into account, but no additional equality impact assessments are required for the Mayor to make this decision.

Financial comments

4.    Financial comments

Approval is being sought for expenditure of up to £500,000 from the corporate contingency budget for TfL CPO team support and legal costs as follows;

•     £350,000 to appoint a legal team to object to and contest the CPO expand and present the Mayor’s case at the CPO Inquiry

•     £150,000 for TfL CPO team support to manage the CPO process. 

    As this work involves contracts with consultants, officers will ensure that the requirements of the Authority’s Contracts & Funding Code are adhered to.

    Any changes to the proposal, including budgetary implications will be subject to further approval via the Authority’s decision making process. All appropriate budget adjustments will be made.

    The TfL CPO team, acting as the GLA’s agent, will be responsible for managing the contracts with consultants in relation to the CPO.

Investment and Performance Board

6.    Investment & Performance Board

This matter was considered by IPB in October 2015 using the Urgency Procedure and was approved in principle. 

Planned delivery approach and next steps


Activity table
Activity Timeline
Procurement of legal support Oct 2015
Preparation of objection Oct 2015
Preparation of case Nov 2015
LCA - CPO Inquiry March 2016 - Oct 2016