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Private owners battle the government over compulsory acquisition values

Property Markets / Planning, Zoning, Infrastructure

Australia

Mar 08 2018

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Two private land owners are fighting the NSW government over properties on land allocated for use as part of the WestConnex infrastructure construction. 

Private timber merchant Swadlings and crane hire firm Gillespies are battling NSW Roads and Maritime Services over 92-94 and 84 Lilyfield Road. 

The properties are adjacent to Desane's land, which has already began legal action in the Supreme Court of NSW over its 5274 sqm property at 68-72 Lilyfield Road, after it refused an offer of $18.4 million for its site. 

Desane engaged private experts who valued the site at more than $100 million.

Swadlings and Gillespies believe the valuations given by the NSW Valuer General to purchase the sites through the government’s compulsory acquisition powers, are too low. 

In 2015, the owners applied for rezoning from industrial to residential, with land in the area potentially earning up to $200-$300 million.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the government intends to use the land as a staging area for trucks and equipment needed to build the new roadway.

An RMS spokesperson said the property at 88-90 Lilyfield Road at Rozelle was required for M4-M5 Link Rozelle Interchange.

A Swadlings spokesman said the 100-year-old family business may fold if it does not receive adequate compensation for a relocation, and would seek legal action if required. 

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