The greenway code will include the payment of goodwill for farmers


A new code of practice is “an important safeguard” for farmers whose land is included in greenway projects, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA).

the Code of good practice for greenways was developed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and other stakeholders including IFA.

He is part of the government Strategy for the future development of national and regional greenways, which builds on the experiences of previous projects in the country.

The new code describes the procedures involved in the development of a greenway, such as consultation; Planning; Design and construction.

It details how farmers can engage in the process and explains how the voluntary land acquisition process will work.

The document also deals with accommodation work and explains how farmers can use the services of an agronomist or real estate advisor when negotiating compensation.

Greenway

A crucial part of the framework is a new sustainability payment for each farmer impacted by a greenway project; this one-time goodwill payment will be made for early signing and cooperation during construction.

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the payment would be added “to the total value of any land acquired for a greenway, as part of a voluntary land acquisition agreement process.”

“The statutory rights of the farmer are fully protected if they participate in this voluntary process. They still have full access to mediation and arbitration if there is no agreement on land valuation and compensation for other impacts on their operations, ”Cullinan said.

“IFA and farmers understand the importance of greenways for local communities. However, they can have a significant impact on farmers whose land lies along the road.

“This code allows for a clear engagement process to minimize impact and disruption on individual farms,” he added.

Sustainability payment

Sustainability payment rates for farmers are divided into five strip lengths based on the meters of land impacted by a greenway.

the total payment available ranges of € 6,750 in band 1, where up to 100 m are allocated, for more than 22,500 € in Band 5, which would see over 550m of affected farmland.

Source: IFA

IFA National President for the Environment, Paul O Brien, noted that an essential aspect of the new code is the voluntary land acquisition agreement, in order to avoid the use of the mandatory purchase order ( CPO).

He said that although the code, which was approved by the IFA National Council this week, is being developed for greenways, it should be the standard for all projects across the country.

“Project developers should work closely with farmers and landowners in a proactive manner that is sensitive to their needs and that maximizes their support and goodwill towards any proposed greenway,” O’Brien concluded.

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