Environment

The Planning Process

WinterbourneWind will be seeking State Significant Development (SSD) Consent under Division 4.7 of Part 4 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) for the Project.

As a first step in the SSD Consent process, WinterbourneWind has submitted a project Scoping Report to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). DPIE will review the Scoping Report and issue the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the project. Based on the SEARs, WWPL will conduct a detailed assessment of potential visual, noise, biodiversity, traffic and other environmental and social impacts.  These studies, together with feedback from the local community and stakeholders, will inform project design, and will be documented in a detailed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project. 

WWPL expects to submit the EIS to DPIE in mid-2021, as part of a development application for the project.  The EIS will be made available for public comment before any decision on the development application is taken.

Winterbourne wind farm environment planning process

The Scoping Report

The Scoping Report describes the proposed project and assesses the potential environmental and social impacts and benefits of the project.  The report identifies potential impacts to visual amenity, noise, biodiversity, traffic, cultural heritage, water, bushfire, and other topics.  The report was submitted to DPIE in June 2020.

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