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New reports on environmental impact of A5 on display to public

Cattle graze contently on pastures which will carry the new A5 motorway.  A water drill marker, where the new road will run through, is fences off in the foreground.

Cattle graze contently on pastures which will carry the new A5 motorway. A water drill marker, where the new road will run through, is fences off in the foreground.

NEW reports on the potential impacts of the A5 dual-carriageway on environmentally sensitive sites along the route have been published by the Department for Regional Development.

The documents were put on display and will remain so until June 13 at a number of locations. They include the Western Division of the DRD at the County Hall in Omagh, Omagh Section Office and the Omagh and Strabane District Council offices.

The reports were ordered last year after the High Court found that an appropriate assessment under the Habitats Directive should have been carried out in relation to Special Areas of Conservation.

It is expected that once the consultation period is completed, a public inquiry will take place to focus on the material contained within the new reports. As well as the environmental statement, the vesting and direction orders giving the DRD legal permission to create the new road and permitting it to purchase required land will be issued for consultation this November.

The latest development has been welcomed by those in support of the road which has now been stalled for over a year.

 

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