The purchase price is the result of a process of negotiation between the owner and the government body in question. If you do not succeed in agreeing on a price, the court will set a price after taking expert advice. This price is based on the market value of the land in question, i.e. the price that would be paid on the free market between the owner and a buyer, assuming that both are acting in a reasonable manner.

If the local authority, the provincial council or the central government (depending on who obtained the preferential right) does not wish to buy the land, or if the government body in question fails to take a decision within eight weeks of receiving an offer from the owner, the owner is entitled, for a period of three years thereafter, to sell the land to anyone else.

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