Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (467)

Dara Calleary

Question:

467. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will consider an amendment to the GLAS scheme to compensate GLAS or other scheme participants who lose a portion or their entire payments as a consequence of land given over for the construction of a greenway, cycleway or walkway; the number of GLAS applicants that have had their payments reduced owing to portions of land given over for a greenway by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51144/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

GLAS is a voluntary Scheme where participants choose to carry out specific environmental commitments for a minimum period of five years. All areas claimed under GLAS are checked annually against the eligible area declared under the Basic Payment Scheme. Where the original GLAS area is reduced, the annual GLAS payment is reduced pro rata to the area removed and aid previously paid must be reimbursed.

This reimbursement of aid is not required in certain circumstances, including “expropriation of a large part of the holding if such expropriation could not have been anticipated on joining the schemes”. However, the obligation is on the participant to apply to the GLAS section to avail of this and each request is examined on a case-by-case basis.

The Department does not compile data relating to the reduction of GLAS claims due to construction of a greenway, cycleway or walkway.