The Independent Planning Commission has refused development consent for Crookwell 3 Wind Farm.
In April, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment referred the proposed 23-turbine wind farm to the commission for determination.
Commissioners Peter Duncan (panel chair), professor Zada Lipman and Adrian Pilton were appointed to consider the $120-million project. Earlier today, they determined to refuse the state significant development application.
The commission cited that the wind farm would have had significant residual issues including:
- Unacceptable visual impacts on multiple residences and the proximity to turbines of non-associated residences;
- The site is unsuitable because of the proximity and scale of visual impacts on residences and the community;
- The project is inconsistent with objects (a), (b), (e) and (g) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and is therefore not in the public interest, and;
- The project does not satisfactorily address the objectives of the E3 – Environmental Management Zone of the Upper Lachlan LEP 2010 that require the protection of aesthetic values.
The commission stated there are potential adverse cumulative impacts because of other wind farms operating in the area.
See the full statement here: ipcn.nsw.gov.au
“The community raised a number of significant concerns about the visual impacts of the project on surrounding residences and the cumulative effect of wind farm projects with residences potentially able to view wind turbines in multiple viewing sectors,” the commission stated.
“The community expressed concern that wind farm projects will transform the landscape from an attractive rural landscape towards an industrial landscape dominated by wind turbines.”
The applicant can appeal the decision at the Land and Environment Court.
More to come.
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