The winds of change have blown through plans for a wind farm at Palmer, as dozens of proposed turbines have been moved and a planning application pushed back to February in response to community feedback.
Eighty-six of the proposed wind turbines have been relocated since plans were last made public, while another six have been removed from the layout, leaving 126 in the design.
TrustPower development manager Rodney Ahern said locations for associated facilities, including transmission lines and access roads, had also been revised.
“Since the previous community information sessions and workshops, the Palmer wind farm project team has continued consulting and informing members of the local community, a range of government departments and other key stakeholders of the project details,” Mr Ahern said.
“We have also commissioned further investigations from our expert consultants on a range of issues, including visual impact.”
He said the two-month planning delay would allow the company to complete further technical studies and give the community time to provide more feedback.
“This will allow sufficient time for us to go back to the community with the complete results of the technical studies through the follow-up workshops and information days that will be held at the end of January 2014,” he said.
“The Palmer wind farm project team is working hard to complete site survey works and specialist technical studies to address queries raised by the community to date.”
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