Before an acquiring authority acquires privately owned land, the land would usually be designated for acquisition for a public purpose. This means that it is intended that the land will be acquired at some future time. In some circumstances there may be an extended period of time between designation and acquisition. For example, the acquiring authority may need time to obtain further development approvals or further funding for development.
A landholder may request an acquiring authority to purchase all or some of the property that is designated for a public purpose.
The landholder is required to show that:
- it has become necessary to sell the property for pressing personal, domestic or social reasons, or to avoid a loss in income, and
- their attempts to sell the property have been unsuccessful because the land has been designated for future acquisition.
If the acquiring authority supports the landholders request the land will be acquired.