The Independent Planning Commission of New South Wales has approved a modification application by Goldwind Australia relating to the second stage of the 119-turbine White Rock wind project in the New England Region.
The developer got its planning approval for the particular project in July 2012, but lodged an application in January 2018 in an attempt to secure clearance for certain changes to the second stage. The sought amendments include a reduction of the number of turbines from 49 to 48 along with an increase of their dimensions, as well as an expansion of the capacity of the existing substation, among others.
“The Commission finds that the project, carried out subject to the imposed conditions, achieves a reasonable balance between maximising the use of the wind resource and managing potential impacts on the environment and surrounding landowners,” it says in its Statement of Reasons for Decision.
Three commissioners made the final decision following meetings with the applicant, the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment as well as the Glen Innes Severn and Inverell Councils. They also inspected the site and surrounding area and held a public meeting.
White Rock’s first stage comprises 70 turbines with a combined capacity of 175 MW that are already operational.
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