Planning and Approvals
Parkesbourne Solar Farm is a State Significant Development
A Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) has been prepared which outlines the proposal, including the site and its surroundings, the statutory framework for approval and identification of key potential environmental issues that may be associated with a solar farm development. The PEA supports a request to the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) for Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) to be issued, which will guide the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the development under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act).
Design of the project is being undertaken to avoid impacts to biodiversity and other natural values as much as practicable. Where impacts cannot be avoided, they will be mitigated using best practice adaptive management strategies. In some cases, impacts may not be practical to avoid or mitigate, and therefore an offset may be required in accordance with NSW and Commonwealth legislation. Environmental offsets may include the establishment of Stewardship Agreements (formerly known as BioBank Agreements) which provide landowners with a guaranteed income stream to permanently conserve and manage land for conservation. The project team is investigating opportunities to establish such agreements in the NSW Central West region. If you are a landowner interested in establishing an offset or stewardship site, or you believe you have credits which may be suitable for this development, please contact us to find out more.