Know your rights to compensation

PROPERTY MATTERS

by Eifion Bibby of Davis Meade Property Consultants

HI_RES_Page_20_Image_0002A PUBLIC inquiry into plans for the A487 Caernarfon to Bontnewydd bypass in Gwynedd is scheduled to start on June 13 and farmers should be aware of their rights to compensation if the road gets the go-ahead. Once the enquiry is completed work on the new road could start in the autumn. The A487 trunk road serves the major north/south route along the west coast from bangor to Fishguard and the new bypass will realign the route to improve journey time and help economic development in the Arfon area. The scheme will be 10.35km in length commencing at the A499/A487(T) Goat Roundabout (A499/487 junction) running to the plas Menai roundabout. Draft orders were published last year giving people a chance to put in objections and the public inquiry will be a further chance to consider those representations in addition the right to serve a blight notice may apply to certain categories of Owner – Occupiers blight is when the value of a property is reduced because of major public works such as a road scheme. land or property affected may be difficult to sell or be worth less and the Welsh Government has powers to purchase blighted land from home and landowners at market value. blight can affect property where land is needed for part of a road scheme and also off-line property where no land is required for the road scheme but owners might have an urgent need to move but cannot sell their property except at a significant loss because of the effects of the scheme. There may also be the opportunity, in certain circumstances, to apply after completion of a road scheme for compensation where no land is taken, if it can be proved there has been a reduction in value pursuant to the construction and subsequent use of the public works (colloquially referred to as “ part 1 claims”). A summary fact sheet is available on our website in this respect. Farmers and property owners should be aware of their rights and take advice from an agent as soon as possible, bearing in mind that professional fees can be claimed.

Eifion Bibby is based at the Colwyn Bay office of Davis Meade Property Consultants on 01492 510360 email: eifionbibby@dmpcuk.com

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