Guidelines needed to take heat out of solar debate
26 September 2018
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Steph Ryan has again called on the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne to implement solar planning guidelines for local councils.
Ms Ryan has urged the Minister to address inadequacies within the rural land and planning guidelines, particularly when it comes to the consideration of solar farms so ensure transparency between solar companies and local government.
“The Victorian Government’s planning framework has failed to provide guidance to local government and communities where solar farms have been proposed,” Ms Ryan said.
“I have been contacted by a number of constituents across the electorate who believe that the current framework cannot adequately address their concerns.
“At present, Campaspe Shire Council are reviewing a planning permit for a 30 megawatt solar farm in Stanhope.
“I recently met with a number of constituents directly impacted by the proposed solar farm that strongly believe that without strict planning guidelines, councils are left with no option but to either accept or reject applications.
“The absence of these guidelines has created a lack of transparency for all parties involved.
“I have previously written to the Minister about these concerns.
“The Minister should call in the application for this solar farm, as he has done with others within the Shepparton region, until such time as guidelines for solar farms have been released.
“It’s unreasonable to expect council to give solar farm applications the thorough consideration the local community expects while there are no specific guidelines.
“Solar farming and renewables need to be more explicitly addressed in planning guidelines.”