You may have seen several articles in The Northside Chronicle over the past few weeks highlighting the negative impact all the construction on the south-eastern end of Emu Bank is having on local business in the area due to lack of parking and access. As one of the businesses currently being affected, I would like to know what rights, if any, small business has to claim against ACT Planning & Development for lost revenue and growth? It’s certainly clear there has been some poor planning decisions made with the approval of 3 separate major construction works occurring in one small area concurrently – should small business be compensated for this mis-management?
From my perspective, I am now going out of business, and will likely be closed down by the end of the year if I cannot relocate in the meantime. Unfortunately my lease still has 2 years to run, and with the landlord advising me it’s not his fault and there’s nothing he can do, that leaves me seeking some sort of compensation from the planning department. Will I have a chance of success, or should I be seeking compensation directly from the construction companies?