By Phillip Leaman

15 July 2014

The Minister of Planning Matthew Guy has approved the initial stage of the East West Link subject to Linking Melbourne Authority preparing some additional plans to satisfy VicRoads requirements and to establish a process for providing regular information to owners in areas where design refinement is occurring.

We understand that formal Notices of Acquisition could be provided by Linking Melbourne Authority to some owners within the next two weeks.

It is integral that land owners and occupiers obtain legal advice and valuation evidence to ensure that they properly assess any initial offers received from Linking Melbourne Authority. Under the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986, those affected are entitled to payment of their reasonable legal and valuation costs.

Those affected may also be entitled to an additional amount of up to 10% of the market value under the principles of solatium. It is important to get advice from an experienced compulsory acquisition lawyer to ensure maximum compensation is obtained.

Tisher Liner FC Law have experience in compulsory acquisition matters and dealing with Linking Melbourne Authority.

Our firm assisted 50 clients in the Evo development in obtaining excellent results and are currently advising clients in the initial stage of the East West Link.

Once an affected party receives a Notice of Acquisition they have 3 months to obtain legal and valuation advice. Whilst this sounds like a long time, it goes fast and clients need to be ready now.

For a summary of compulsory acquisition see our compulsory acquisition East West Link information page and our Compulsory Acquisition FAQ page.

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