Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) are used by Statutory Bodies to acquire private property for a number of reasons, including public infrastructure projects. The procedure is topical in this region now, following the recent announcement that the N5 Road Project between Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue has been approved for construction. This project will cost about €200 million. It will involve about 35km of new single-carriageway road, from the western end of the existing N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass to the townland of Scramogue, bypassing the towns of Frenchpark, Ballinagare, Tulsk and Strokestown. This will also entail existing road re-alignment, new roundabouts, bridges etc.
This has implications for local landowners whose property will be affected by the project. Such landowners will be served with a Notice relating to a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on their property. It is important to note that if you are one of those persons affected by a CPO, you have rights, and you should take legal advice straight away to protect your interests. You will be eligible for compensation to restore you as far as possible to the position you were in before your property was acquired. This means compensation based on the market value of the land acquired; the reduction in value of the retained land; disturbance and other losses; agreed accommodation works; and payment of qualifying fees and expenses.
At Staunton Caulfield & Co., Solicitors, we will be pleased to advise you on all your entitlements and the best way to secure them. If, therefore, you feel you will be affected by this CPO procedure, please contact us now, by telephone on 094 96 20008 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will arrange a prompt consultation where we can obtain all necessary details of your situation and advise on the best course of action.