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The operators of Orange’s planned solar park are to make concessions on how they will clean the site after the farm’s useful life has expired. ITP Developments has applied to change the conditions for planning approval for the solar park, which would allow it six months instead of three months to clear the site. She is also trying to remove a clause requiring her to keep landscaping on the site after the plant closes. The $ 8.9 million project on farmland about six kilometers outside Orange on Molong Road is expected to have a lifespan of about 25 years. A report by the staff to the meeting of Orange City Council on Tuesday evening recommended that the changes be approved. “Council staff do not object to the additional three months to shut down the site and are deemed appropriate due to the systematic nature in which the infrastructure must be removed from the site,” it said. “The underlying intent of this condition was to ensure that the site was adequately redeveloped and within a reasonable timeframe. That intent will be maintained.” And a review of other solar park permits by the Western Regional Planning Committee showed shutdown times of up to 18 months. The report also recommended that operators maintain the landscape until the closure is complete. The changes were publicly exhibited and received two objections from the public. One said they were concerned about how the garbage would eventually be removed. It suggested that the company pay the council a $ 1.75 million bond to cover the work. “Who will be the watchdog to make sure all of these conditions are met?” it said. The other objection was that they were concerned the company would fail to maintain landscaping for the last few years of operation. “For example, if there was a drought, the effects of which were not immediately apparent, and distressed plants were not replaced or cared for over the long term.” The council rejected planning approval for the solar park last November, but the Western Regional Planning Board agreed. The site is outside the state government’s Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone. Our journalists work hard to bring local, breaking news to the community. Here’s how you can still access our trusted content:

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The operators of Orange’s planned solar park are to make concessions on how they will clean the site after the farm’s useful life has expired.

ITP Developments has applied to change the conditions for planning approval for the solar park, which would allow it six months instead of three months to clear the site.

She is also trying to remove a clause requiring her to keep landscaping on the site after the plant closes.

The $ 8.9 million project on farmland about six kilometers outside Orange on Molong Road is expected to have a lifespan of about 25 years.

A report by the staff to the meeting of Orange City Council on Tuesday evening recommended that the changes be approved.

“Council staff do not object to the additional three months to shut down the site and are deemed appropriate due to the systematic nature in which the infrastructure must be removed from the site,” it said.

“The underlying intent of this condition was to ensure that the site was adequately redeveloped and within a reasonable timeframe. That intent will be maintained.”

And a review of other solar park permits by the Western Regional Planning Committee showed shutdown times of up to 18 months.

The report also recommended that operators maintain the landscape until the closure is complete.

The changes were publicly exhibited and received two objections from the public.

One said they were concerned about how the garbage would eventually be removed.

It suggested that the company pay the council a $ 1.75 million bond to cover the work.

“Who will be the watchdog to make sure all of these conditions are met?” it said.

The other objection was that they were concerned the company would fail to maintain landscaping for the last few years of operation.

“For example, if there was a drought, the effects of which were not immediately apparent, and distressed plants were not replaced or cared for over the long term.”

The council rejected planning approval for the solar park last November, but the Western Regional Planning Board agreed.

The site is outside the state government’s Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone.

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