Planning & 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. This will require a detailed Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared in accordance with the NSW Government’s Wind Energy Framework.
The Scoping Report
WinterbourneWind lodged a Scoping Report for the project to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) in June 2020. The Scoping Report provides a description of the project and identifies the scale and types of associated potential impacts and benefits
DPE reviewed the Scoping Report and sought comment from local Councils and government agencies regarding further assessment requirements. The feedback from these agencies was incorporated into the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for this project, which were issued in September 2020.
Environmental Impact Statement
The SEARs set out the requirements for detailed studies on potential visual, noise, biodiversity, traffic, cultural heritage and other environmental and social impacts associated with the project. The results of these studies, together with feedback from the local community and stakeholders, will inform the project’s design and be documented in the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Winterbourne Wind is completing these studies and expects to lodge the EIS to DPE in mid 2022 as part of a formal development application.
The EIS will be open for public comment before any decision regarding project approval.
Preliminary field surveys have identified the known or likely presence of some species listed as threatened under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, including the Spotted Quoll and the Koala. WinterbourneWind has referred the proposed action to the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment in accordance with the EPBC Act and the project has been determined to be a controlled action, and will therefore require assessment and a decision under the EPBC Act. WinterbourneWind will undertake further detailed assessment of the potential impacts of the proposed project to ensure any potential negative impacts to key animal and plant species and communities are carefully considered and addressed.
Further information about biodiversity issues is presented in the project Scoping Report.