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Planning changes urged to highlight wind farm locations  

Victorian Nationals MP Peter Hall is calling on the State Government to amend planning laws to alert property buyers to wind farms.

Mr Hall says there have been recent cases of buyers in Gippsland, in the south-east, checking property titles and local planning schemes which have had no mention of nearby wind farms.

He says it was only after his constituents bought the property did they discover a 100-turbine wind farm was planned for the adjoining property.

Mr Hall says planning guidelines must be amended as soon as possible to protect buyers.

“There needs to be a central registry of either planned or proposed wind farm developments right across Victoria so that we don’t get to the situation where some have been where they’ve bought land in good faith, only to find out later a wind farm development was proposed on adjoining land – that’s not fair on the purchaser, and there needs to be a system that alerts potential buyers to these facts,” he said.

ABC News

12 February 2008

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