A property dispute over a flood detention basin in Coffs Harbour is headed for the Land and Environment Court.

The Bennetts Road basin as Tom Lowrey reports.

Coffs Harbour City Council voted to compulsorily acquire part of Paul Hay's Bennetts Rd property last year, to construct one of three flood mitigation basins around the city.

The Bennetts Rd basin has since been built, and Mr Hay has been allocated compensation but he argues it's much less than what he deserves.

After years of negotiations, he says he's now filed a claim with the NSW Land and Environment Court, hoping to resolve the matter once and for all.

"All we're after is a fair and reasonable deal, and we've been offered nothing in the sort of a fair and reasonable deal."

Coffs Harbour City Council said it has not yet to receive notification from the court of the case lodged against it.

A battle over compensation for flood protection works for Coffs Harbour is headed for the Land and Environment Court.

The city council made a compulsory acquisition of land on Bennetts Road west of the city for a flood detention basin, to hold back storm surges from Coffs Creek.

The basin is finished and land-owner Paul Hay was paid for his land but says the compensation was too low so he's taken the matter to court.

"We filed an application in the Land and Environment Court late last week, and hopefully within six to twelve weeks we should get notification that we get a hearing."

 

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