Policy proposals for a land acquisition and compensation (Amendment) Bill

Consultation opened on 21 August 2015. Closing date 16 October 2015.

Summary

The Department has published a consultation document outlining proposals to change the existing policy on the payment of compensation in respect of compulsory land acquisition. The changes being considered will lead to the introduction of legislation which will include the provision of a mechanism for payment of enhanced compensation payments in respect of compulsory land acquisition and any other necessary amendments to legislation required as a result of carrying out this amendment.

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Consultation description

The Department considers that an anomaly exists in respect of compensation payable to those who are affected by compulsory land acquisition, as citizens in Northern Ireland are compensated less favourably than their counterparts in England and Wales due to the absence of Basic Loss and Occupier’s Loss payments.  The Department proposes to introduce legislation into the Northern Ireland Assembly to amend the 1973 Order to provide a mechanism for payment of enhanced compensation payments that would bring Northern Ireland into line with England and Wales.  It is proposed that the legislation would:

  • introduce a mechanism to provide for Basic Loss Payment
  • introduce a mechanism to provide for Occupier’s Loss Payment
  • abolish Farm Loss Payments
  • make any other necessary amendments to legislation required as a result of carrying out this amendment. 

These amendments will not apply to any land or property compulsorily acquired before the amendments take effect.

Comments invited 

The Department would welcome any comments you may wish to make on these policy proposals.

The Department also invites your views on the potential impact, if any, you consider that the policy proposals might have on equality of opportunity, human rights issues and rural impact.

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