800 years of influence: the enduring impact of the Magna Carta on infrastructure planning and compulsory purchase in the UK

Infrastructure projects are seldom built on land owned by promoters, a WSP expert examines the origins of policy designed to balance development priorities with the rights of those impacted by infrastructure.

No Freeman shall be taken or imprisoned, or be [de-seized] of his Freehold, or Liberties, or free Customs, or be outlawed, or exiled, or any other wise destroyed; nor will we not pass upon him, nor condemn him, but by lawful judgment of his Peers, or by the Law of the land. We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man, either Justice or Right.

Understanding land is key to realising future UK infrastructure

The UK’s latest National Infrastructure Pipeline highlighted 418 projects requiring £650bn of investment needed by 2030. This includes electricity infrastructure to help decarbonise our power system, rail programmes to connect people and businesses, and infrastructure to increase the resilience of our water systems. These projects are key to any plans to level up the country and deliver a net zero economy by 2050. 


Land referencing and land assembly

As part of the delivery of infrastructure projects, our clients need to identify and engage with the people and organisations who will be affected by the work. 

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Infrastructure planning and management

Delivering transformative infrastructure is critical to short-term recovery and long-term growth across the United Kingdom.

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