Habitats Regulations Assessments: A5 Western Transport Corridor (A5WTC)

Consultation opened on 26 March 2019. Closing date 17 May 2019.


The EC Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora) establishes the requirement for an assessment of potential impacts upon Natura 2000 sites in Article 6(3) and 6(4). The Habitats Directive was implemented in Northern Ireland by the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (as amended).


Consultation description

In exercising its functions under this legislation, and following on from consultation exercises carried out during 2014 and 2017, the Department hereby now seeks the opinion of the general public on four updated draft reports prepared to inform appropriate assessment on the following Natura 2000 sites:-

A5 WTC Report of Information to Inform an Appropriate Assessment SAC Watercourses covering:

  • River Foyle & Tributaries Special Area of Conservation
  • Owenkillew River Special Area of Conservation
  • River Finn Special Area of Conservation

A5 WTC Report of Information to Inform an Appropriate Assessment Tully Bog SAC covering:

  • Tully Bog Special Area of Conservation

A5 WTC Report of Information to Inform an Appropriate Assessment SPAs covering:

  • Lough Foyle Special Protection Area
  • Lough Swilly Special Protection Area
  • Lough Neagh & Lough Beg Special Protection Area

A5 WTC Report of Information to Inform an Appropriate Assessment Ramsar Sites covering:

  • Lough Foyle Ramsar Site
  • Lough Neagh & Lough Beg Ramsar Site

Inspecting the reports

These reports may be inspected by any person, free of charge, at all reasonable times during the period from 26 March 2019 to 17 May 2019 at the following Department for Infrastructure offices of:

Western Division
County Hall
Drumragh Avenue
Room 213
Clarence Court
10-18 Adelaide Street

the offices of:

Mid Ulster District Council
Circular Road
Derry City & Strabane District Council
47 Derry Road
Derry City & Strabane District Council
98 Strand Road
Fermanagh & Omagh District Council
The Grange
Mountjoy Road

and at:

Strabane Library
1 Railway Street
BT82 8EF

In addition, the reports may also be inspected during the same period at the offices of:

Monaghan County Council
Roads Office
MTEK II Office
Armagh Road
Co. Monaghan


Donegal County Council
Public Services Centre
Donegal Town
Co. Donegal

Alternatively, an electronic version of the reports may be viewed at http://www.a5wtc.com/

Making a representation

Anyone who wishes to express an opinion on any of the reports should, within the period stated above, write to the Divisional Roads Manager at the address below or email dfiroads.western@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk

Divisional Roads Manager
Department for Infrastructure
Western Division
County Hall
Drumragh Avenue
BT79 7AF

Information you provide in your response, including personal information, could be published or disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).

For information regarding the Departmental Privacy Notice following the introduction of GDPR please go to the following link DfI Privacy  or phone the Data Protection Office on 008 90540540.

For further details on confidentiality and FOIA/EIR please refer to http://www.ico.org.uk

The Department will take into consideration any opinions expressed during the period stated, before an Appropriate Assessment is made prior to the making of any Orders for the A5WTC scheme.

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