Panel hearing scheduled for Baringhup solar farm

Planning Panels Victoria this week held a Directions Hearing in Castlemaine on the proposed solar farm in Baringhup.

The hearing was attended by the applicant, a number of residents who oppose the development, and representatives from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Mount Alexander Shire Council.

During the 90-minute hearing the panel chairman Trevor McCulloch outlined the directions and process for the panel hearing, to be held in July.

The three-day panel hearing will be held on Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16 at the Bill Woodfull Reserve at Maldon, and Tuesday, July 23 at a venue to be confirmed.

“The panel was able to offer flexibility to move the hearing dates to ensure objectors could attend. This is a good outcome for the community as we were concerned this level of flexibility would not have been possible if the matter was decided through VCAT,” council’s director infrastructure and development Phil Josipovic said.

There have been eight requests to be heard at the panel hearing, including objectors, DELWP and council.

Council will raise matters such as the potential loss of productive agricultural land, the visual impact of the proposed development, landscaping requirements and the impact of heavy vehicles on assets such as local roads and bridges.

For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, June 18

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