Horsham bypass panel hearings setPanel starts hearing for city bypassA LAW expert has urged people whose land could be affected by a Horsham bypass to know their rights and seek legal advice.
It comes as an independent panel hearing for the bypass continues in Horsham.
Accredited business law specialist Erol Chakir hashelped secure compensation for regional Victorian farmers whose land was used for infrastructure projects in the past 10 years.
He said often the first compensation offer put to residents for projects like bypasseswasrarely the best.
“My experience is it isonly when landowners know their rights and –based on advice from a lawyer –understand what they can ask for, that the maximum amount of compensation is secured,” he said.
“Those acquiring the land are always working to serve their own best interests, and will attempt to secure the land at the lowest price they can, rather than work for what is in the best interest of the landowner.
“But when a landowner has been represented by an experienced lawyerwho knows the process well, the end result is typically many thousands of dollars more for the property owner than had they gone alone.”
Mr Chakir said compulsoryacquisitions rarely favoured the landowner.
He said the compensation process was complex.
“Landowners might not realise what factors can influence how much compensation they are entitled to ask for, and receive,” he said. “For example, the length of time someone has owned the land, and what other business they conduct on it, all comes into calculation.”
Mr Chakir saidthe cost of having a lawyer negotiate on landowner’s behalfcould be claimed when negotiating a final price.
The bypass panel hearing started on Monday and will finish today, before three more sessions from November 4 to 6.
VicRoads representatives presented at the hearing from Monday to Wednesday.
Horsham Rural City Council and affected landowners made presentations on Thursday.One Horsham Bypass Group members will face the panel today to discuss farming, engineering, and community issues.
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