‘Landlocked’ Lowry property has full right of way

The English property that Michael Lowry has claimed to be landlocked has a full right of way through a specially designated access strip in an adjoining housing estate.

‘Landlocked’ Lowry property has full right of way

The right of way, mapped out in 2002, will last for 80 years and obliges the owners of the housing estate in Wigan to allow space for an entrance road and footpaths to and from Mr Lowry’s undeveloped property.

Mr Lowry has been adamant the controversial 22-acre property cannot be reached from the residential estate. The site, 50% owned by the North Tipperary TD, also has rights to access drainage and sewerage services.

An agreement, filed with England’s land registry, includes his right to open up the access strip between two houses at Castlemere Close, Wigan.

This retained area is shown on a separate map and is made up of about 22 acres of undeveloped ground currently zoned as greenbelt.

A third map, also filed with the land registry, charts the route of another right of way agreement.

This allows Mr Lowry’s site to benefit from two alternative access roads through the adjoining Cranberry Lea Farm.

The Independent TD’s interest in the Wigan property is currently subject to an inquiry by the Standards in Public Office Commission. This is to establish if Mr Lowry breached the Ethics Act when he did not declare his interest in the site between 2003 and 2012.

A record number of complaints were received in relation to this case and last month Sipo wrote to those people seeking supporting evidence.

The TD’s public defence has been the site was rendered valueless by its restrictive zoning and its lack of access.

Mr Lowry told Tipp FM on Oct 30, 2012 that the value of the site was affected by the fact it was “landlocked”. On Nov 6, he reiterated this point to the same radio station.

“The bottom line is this field is landlocked it has never given us any rental income. It is overgrown and it can never be accessed only from the M6 motorway,” he said.

The owners of the properties at Castlemere Close, at Junction 25 in Wigan, are also bound to support the development of Mr Lowry’s land if a plan is proposed. And the owners do not have the right to object to any proposals put forward by Mr Lowry and his partner on the grounds that it would overshadow their houses.

Mr Lowry did not respond to queries last night.

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