Land acquisition and compensation

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The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed confirmation that a new Land Acquisition and Compensation Bill for Northern Ireland has passed its final stage in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

This Bill will ensure that landowners are more fairly compensated, putting them on a par with England and Wales.

“Since August 2009, the UFU has been pressing to secure fairer compensation for farmers affected by road schemes.

“We are acutely aware they face disruption to their businesses and under the current arrangements this was not recognised,” said UFU deputy president, Barclay Bell.

He added that the compulsory acquisition of land was always a difficult issue, because in this situation farmers are not willing sellers. In GB, they receive an additional 7.5 per cent ‘Basic Loss Payment’ and an additional 2.5 per cent ‘Occupiers Loss Payment’.