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Royalla industrial solar marching on

By johnboy 2 July 2013 45

Simon Corbell has announced his approval for a 20MW solar farm on the Monaro Highway:

“I have used my powers under Sections 158, 159 and 160 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 to approve this proposal because it responds to a major policy issue and will deliver a substantial public benefit,” Mr Corbell said.

“The project will be the largest solar farm to be developed in Australia to date.

“The solar farm proposal will contribute to a reduction of around 560,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over 20 years, generating the equivalent amount of energy to power 4,400 Canberra homes.

“The Royalla solar farm will directly contribute to meeting the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets set by the ACT Government under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010, and is consistent with the comprehensive climate change strategy we released last year, AP2.”

The AP2 Strategy calls for the Government to further develop large-scale renewable energy generation to achieve a target of 90% of the Territory’s electricity consumption to be sourced from renewable energy by 2020.

“While I am approving the development application, a number of conditions have arisen from the notification and consultation process which must be addressed before the construction can begin,” Mr Corbell said.

“These conditions include a requirement for the proposal to meet all environmental approvals, including implementation of an environmental management agreement, waterway works licence, contamination assessment, environment protection agreement, land management agreement and pollution control plans.

“I have also closely considered the concerns of adjacent neighbours in the Royalla rural residential area. An independent visual impact assessment has been conducted which confirms the visual impact of the proposal will be negligible for most houses in the Royalla area.


UPDATE: It appears not everyone is thrilled.

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beardedclam 4:33 pm 08 Jul 13

IrishPete said :

beardedclam said :

Where on your crown lease or deed does it say that the view is included? I would be interested to know.

Royalla is in NSW, so not lease, but freehold. Perhaps that’s what you mean by mentioning deeds.

NSW planning laws require neighbours to be notified and give them the right to make submissions about any development.

If you want to know about views, read up on any of the objections to wind farms (because the health effects are non-existent, only the views, or “amenity” are relevant).

IP

As this solar farm is in the ACT, should we focus on the ACT legislation, or are the affected homes on the NSW side of the border? I am not sure what legislation comes into play, and I am also not a lawyer, so any serious answers would be appreciated.

In the ACT too, neighbours get to comment on any development that is proposed if it does not meet the relevant rule in the applicable development code. (which don’t count for much if a development was called-in, personally I am against the call-in powers for that reason). What does this tell us about ownership of the view, though? I could read the objections about the wind farm, but they are objections penned by disgruntled members of the community, presumably with an already negative feeling toward the topic.

What does the legislation say in the ACT? It is not written anywhere that crown lessee’s own the view from their parcel of land. I will happily stand corrected if anyone can prove otherwise.

IrishPete 3:38 pm 08 Jul 13

beardedclam said :

Where on your crown lease or deed does it say that the view is included? I would be interested to know.

Royalla is in NSW, so not lease, but freehold. Perhaps that’s what you mean by mentioning deeds.

NSW planning laws require neighbours to be notified and give them the right to make submissions about any development.

If you want to know about views, read up on any of the objections to wind farms (because the health effects are non-existent, only the views, or “amenity” are relevant).

IP

beardedclam 3:05 pm 08 Jul 13

Where on your crown lease or deed does it say that the view is included? I would be interested to know.

IrishPete 2:44 pm 08 Jul 13

Terra said :

You pack of bloody wingers.
Come and put it next to my place. Please!

So, Royalla residents, and everyone else for that matter, if you built your houses with solar on the roofs, turbines in your yard, or any other of the options, if you took responsibility for your own energy, then all this would hardly be necessary.

But how may of you, when building your shiny new house and faced with the choice of $5k for the poolroom, double garage, or second car for the kids, or $5k for solar panels, chose against the latter.

Get real. Shut up and be glad you get the chance to say anything at all.

Bloody Canberra Nimby’s make me sick.

Royalla is not in Canberra. Even if they had put solar panels on their roofs, they would be in the NSW Feed In Tariff (which closed over a year ago) and not the ACT’s. It also would have had no impact on the ACT Government’s decision to put a solar power station across the road from them.

Anyway, take a drive out there and see how many do have solar panels and solar hot water.

IP

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