Tyrone farmers want higher compensation rates over A5

A5 road A stretch of the A5

The Ulster Farmers Union has called for fairer compensation rates to be offered to farmers affected by major road upgrade schemes.

Farmers are being offered compensation levels which are lower than rates offered to landowners in Great Britain.

The UFU said many farmers will face major disruption to their businesses when the work commences.

Legislation in Northern Ireland directs that the land value is based on market value at the date of a vesting order.

The Deputy President of UFU Barclay Bell said Ulster farmers are being sold short

"I think the major issue here is that on mainland UK anyone involved in a road scheme actually gets a 10 per cent top up to the average farmland price.

Mr Bell said farmers affected by the A5 project in County Tyrone are especially affected

"We would hope that Land and Property Services in their negotiations with farmers, would try and negotiate a reasonable price for their land."

In a statement the Department of Finance and Personnel said: "Landowners will be entitled to compensation for any land taken and to any costs, all of which are a direct consequence of the vesting order.

"The legislation in Northern Ireland directs that the land value is based on market value at the date of a vesting order, i.e. what the land might be expected to realise if sold in the open market by a willing seller. In addition, claimants in Northern Ireland may be entitled to a Home Loss and or a Farm Loss Payment from the Department for Regional Development."

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