A claimant has received more than £ 10million in compensation after his land was affected by road works on the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road.
The 21-year-old project from Abergavenny to Hirwaun began in 2002 and will cost over £ 800million, but over £ 45million has also been spent to appease angry residents living next door.
The most tantalizing claim was for £ 10.7million – attributed to a claimant living along sections five and six between Dowlais Top and Hirwaun.
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However, not everyone was so lucky. An applicant along section four from Tredegar to Dowlais Top managed to make just £ 2.38.
The information came to light following an access to information request sent to the Welsh government, requesting data on the amount paid through the Land for Road Compensation Act 1973. You can see it here.
The Land Compensation Act allows people to make a claim if public developments depreciate the value of their land, or if homes are lost.
Residents living near the road spoke to WalesOnline about the impact of endless development on their lives.
At least 91 claimants have received payments over the past 20 years, although the actual figure is likely much higher.
Upgrades from Section 1 from Abergavenny to Gilwern lasted from 2005 to 2008, but compensation was still paid last year.
Money paid to claimants between Abergavenny and Gilwern totaled £ 7.4million between 2004 and 2020. The largest payment was £ 1.4million, while another resident received just £ 4m. pound sterling.
Along section two between Gilwern and Brynmawr, work began in 2014 and is still ongoing. Figures show that 40 claimants were successful along this stretch.
The sums paid total over £ 4.5million, with the largest payment being £ 1.9million – in 2015 – and the lowest being £ 770.
For section three from Brynmawr to Tredegar, work took place between 2013 and 2015, but payments have been made annually since 2011 with £ 4.4million awarded to 38 claimants to date. The largest successful claim was £ 691,000.
Compensation totaling over £ 14.8million was awarded to claimants along section four of the road, which was carried out before 2004. The largest compensation was £ 1.7million pounds sterling and the smallest of 2.38 pounds sterling.
It is expected that the road will eventually be completed with sections five and six over the next several years. Compensation of over £ 14million for these sections has been paid so far – but £ 10.7million of that has been awarded to a single claimant.
A Welsh government spokesperson said: ‘Compensation for individuals and businesses affected by road projects is paid in accordance with legal procedures and is generally based on the advice of professionals representing the parties concerned. “
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