Solar Farm gets the greenlight

Mount Alexander Shire Council has granted a planning permit application for the development of a solar farm and energy store at 333 Hokins Road Ravenswood South.
The application received seven objections and one letter of support. Many of the objectors raised concerns about visual impact, an increase truck movements, noise, EMI and potential impacts on wildlife.
The permit was assessed against the policy and specific controls of the planning scheme and required a balancing exercise to resolve policy tensions that exist between the encouragement for solar energy facilities and the retention and protection of productive agricultural land. 
Council planners indicated the application should be supported as the land can support the establishment of a renewable facility, whilst minimising and managing its impact on the amenity of the area.  See the Mail for the full story.

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