Burndennett Cricket Club amongst those to lose land

DOZENS of landholders between Londonderry and Strabane - including Burndennett Cricket Club and The Honourable the Irish Society - will have to concede land to the massive new A5 Western Transport Corridor (WTC) currently planned by the Department of Regional Development (DRD).

Hundreds of acres of farmland - some tracts as large as 8-9.5 hectares - and sections of river bed will be swallowed up by the road if it goes ahead.

DRD will vest roughly 1,000 hectares of land - the equivalent of twenty Ness Woods - along the road's proposed route between Londonderry and Aughnacloy.

Much of it this is owned, leased or occupied by private landholders but a number of statutory organisations and private organisations will also have to make way for the road project.

The Loughs Agency, Western Education and Library Board (WELB), NI Water, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), Department of Regional Development (DRD) and the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company are amongst the Government agencies to be affected.

Equally, the Trustees of Burndennett Cricket Club will have to accept a sliver of land they are currently tenants of will be lost to the road. The same applies to The Honourable The Irish Society, Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) and a firm called Vircap Properties Ltd.

The Sentinel today publishes details of all landholders set to lose out to the A5 between Londonderry and Strabane as far as the Roundhill townland on the outskirts of the County Tyrone town.

Dozens of landlords and tenants in Newbuildings, Primity, Ballyore, Rossnagalliagh, Tully Lower, Clampernow, Magheramason, Meenagh Hill, Cloghole, Tamnabrady, Bready, Sollus, Drumgauty, Magerareagh, Grange Foyle, Drumenny Little, Drumenny Big, Ballydonaghy, Cloghcor, Leckpatrick, Greenlaw, Ballymagorry, Desert and Woodend across the baronies of Tirkeeran and Strabane Lower are affected.

Most of these are based in the local area including David J. Hatrick and John S. Hatrick - who also have interests in the well known Hatrick farm in Creggan - but others are no longer resident in the area and now reside in places as far flung as Dublin, Birmingham and New South Wales.

One landholder is set to lose a tract of land covering 9.5 hectares or 24 acres - roughly the same area as the Ebrington Barracks in Londonderry. A number of landholders are set to lose around 8 hectares.

NI Water said it was happy enough to concede the land, which will have no effect on its operations.

"The land is an access point for NI Water to the Newbuildings and Maghermason Wastewater Treatment Works. NI Water is content with the alternative arrangements and access points provided by Roads Service. This will not disrupt the day to day running of the plant," the firm said.

Roads Service published its draft Statutory Orders - Notice of Intention to Make a Direction Order & Notice of Intention to Make a Vesting Order - and Environmental Statement in the week beginning November 15, 2010, whilst the consultation period lasted eight weeks and closed on January 21, 2011. All comments, letters of support and letters of objection are now being considered.

A spokesperso for DRD explained: "Compensation for landowners is dealt with by Land & Property Services (LPS) on behalf of Roads Service.

"The market value of land on the operative date of the Vesting Order (ie the date it comes into force and the land title transfers to Roads Service) is the value used by LPS to assess compensation."

The LPS website gives greater details of how they deal with compensation assessment for agricultural owners, business owners and residential owners.

The spokesperson added: "Copies of these documents have been given to affected landowners and agents who have experience of Roads Service Vesting procedures and are aware of the compensation process."

Today the Sentinel publishes a full list (below) of those with a land interest directly in the road's path. Roads Service and Mouchel have published the 1066 page vesting schedule on the projects website.

Burndennett Cricket Club amongst those to lose land

DOZENS of landholders between Londonderry and Strabane - including Burndennett Cricket Club and The Honourable the Irish Society - will have to concede land to the massive new A5 Western Transport Corridor (WTC) currently planned by the Department of Regional Development (DRD).

Hundreds of acres of farmland - some tracts as large as 8-9.5 hectares - and sections of river bed will be swallowed up by the road if it goes ahead.

DRD will vest roughly 1,000 hectares of land - the equivalent of twenty Ness Woods - along the road's proposed route between Londonderry and Aughnacloy.

Much of it this is owned, leased or occupied by private landholders but a number of statutory organisations and private organisations will also have to make way for the road project.

The Loughs Agency, Western Education and Library Board (WELB), NI Water, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), Department of Regional Development (DRD) and the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company are amongst the Government agencies to be affected.

Equally, the Trustees of Burndennett Cricket Club will have to accept a sliver of land they are currently tenants of will be lost to the road. The same applies to The Honourable The Irish Society, Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) and a firm called Vircap Properties Ltd.

The Sentinel today publishes details of all landholders set to lose out to the A5 between Londonderry and Strabane as far as the Roundhill townland on the outskirts of the County Tyrone town.

Dozens of landlords and tenants in Newbuildings, Primity, Ballyore, Rossnagalliagh, Tully Lower, Clampernow, Magheramason, Meenagh Hill, Cloghole, Tamnabrady, Bready, Sollus, Drumgauty, Magerareagh, Grange Foyle, Drumenny Little, Drumenny Big, Ballydonaghy, Cloghcor, Leckpatrick, Greenlaw, Ballymagorry, Desert and Woodend across the baronies of Tirkeeran and Strabane Lower are affected.

Most of these are based in the local area including David J. Hatrick and John S. Hatrick - who also have interests in the well known Hatrick farm in Creggan - but others are no longer resident in the area and now reside in places as far flung as Dublin, Birmingham and New South Wales.

One landholder is set to lose a tract of land covering 9.5 hectares or 24 acres - roughly the same area as the Ebrington Barracks in Londonderry. A number of landholders are set to lose around 8 hectares.

NI Water said it was happy enough to concede the land, which will have no effect on its operations.

"The land is an access point for NI Water to the Newbuildings and Maghermason Wastewater Treatment Works. NI Water is content with the alternative arrangements and access points provided by Roads Service. This will not disrupt the day to day running of the plant," the firm said.

Roads Service published its draft Statutory Orders - Notice of Intention to Make a Direction Order & Notice of Intention to Make a Vesting Order - and Environmental Statement in the week beginning November 15, 2010, whilst the consultation period lasted eight weeks and closed on January 21, 2011. All comments, letters of support and letters of objection are now being considered.

A spokesperso for DRD explained: "Compensation for landowners is dealt with by Land & Property Services (LPS) on behalf of Roads Service.

"The market value of land on the operative date of the Vesting Order (ie the date it comes into force and the land title transfers to Roads Service) is the value used by LPS to assess compensation."

The LPS website gives greater details of how they deal with compensation assessment for agricultural owners, business owners and residential owners.

The spokesperson added: "Copies of these documents have been given to affected landowners and agents who have experience of Roads Service Vesting procedures and are aware of the compensation process."

Today the Sentinel publishes a full list (below) of those with a land interest directly in the road's path. Roads Service and Mouchel have published the 1066 page vesting schedule on the projects website.