Green signal for development of Crookwell 3 Wind Farm

The Land and Environment Court has overturned the earlier decision of the Independent Planning Commission, paving the way for the Crookwell 3 Wind Farm development.

A development application for the installation operation, maintenance and decommissioning of a wind farm of up to 16 turbines has been approved.

Andrew Bray, National Coordinator, Australian Wind Alliance Community advocacy group for wind said it was an excellent result for farmers who had fought so long for this project.

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"It's also a great result for the local businesses who can get back to work employing local people to build the Crookwell project. This resolution suggests that the concerns over visual impact in the preceding decisions on this project were overstated," he said.

"There is a clear path under the NSW guidelines for multiple projects to be built in the same region, as long as careful planning is adhered to. This is good news for future wind and solar development in NSW's upcoming Renewable Energy Zones."

In October 2019, the Independent Planning Commission refused development consent for Crookwell 3 Wind Farm.

Prior to that, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment referred the proposed 23-turbine wind farm to the Commission for determination.

The commission had cited that the wind farm would have had significant residual issues among other reasons. It further stated there were potential adverse cumulative impacts because of other wind farms operating in the area.