Planning consent has been granted in NSW for the construction of a 31 turbine wind farm near Crookwell in the Southern Tablelands.
The Planning Assessment Commission has given its consent to the $200 million project being developed by Newtricity, known as the Biala wind park.
The commission made several conditions, requiring the developer to obtain permission for a transmission line, which will connect the proposed wind park to the electricity grid, before it activates the consent in any way. It has also added further micro-siting restrictions and directed Newtricity to negotiate further with the landowner of a farm with whom the developer could not reach a full agreement.
The commission’s ruling follows a public meeting that took place in Crookwell in February where the community raised concerns about the project.
The wind park is planned to be built on about 1,936 hectaresof rural agricultural land, but will only cover a small proportion of the total area.