Following the Minister for Planning’s assessment to proceed with the North East Link Project (‘the Project’) in early December 2019 and the approval of Planning Scheme Amendment GC98 on 3 January 2020, the compulsory acquisition of land is imminent.
The northern portal to southern portal section of the Project comprises twin underground tunnels that connect interchanges at Lower Plenty Road and Manningham Road.
In terms of land acquisition, this section of the Project is the most significant as it is due to impact 93 businesses – 90 due to land acquisition and three due to the temporary occupation of land – as well as the compulsory acquisition of 18 residential properties.
The Authority has outlined it expects construction of this section of the Project to begin in 2020 and continue for a period of 7 years.
Aitken Partners compulsory acquisition team has a great deal of experience with and understands the many complexities associated with the compulsory acquisition of commercial land. For example, Aitken Partners recently acted in the Supreme Court for successful claimants in the matter of Provans Timber Pty Ltd in relation to a business being conducted on a property owned by related entities. Both entities were found to have an interest in the acquired land and therefore both entities were entitled to separate claims for compensation as a result of the acquisition.
Given the acquisition process is imminent, if you are affected by the Northern Portal to Southern Portal section of the Project, please contact Natalie O’Flynn on 03 8600 6046 to arrange a time to speak with our compulsory acquisition team regarding the acquisition process and your potential rights to compensation.