BREAKING NEWS: Splendour in the Grass has just received project approval for the future use of its North Byron Parklands site.
The Planning Assessment Commission announced today that ‘under delegation of the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure dated 14 September 2011, the [PAC] determines to give approval to the project application’ subject to certain conditions.
The approval is signed by Kevin Sproats and Donna Campbell as members of the Commission
In essence, the recommended approvals for outdoor events provide for:
· trialling the events over five years, starting with a trial of an event with a capacity of 25,000 patrons increasing up to a capacity of 35,000 patrons;
· compliance with plans of management and monitoring programs for the trial events covering issues such as traffic, transport, noise, ecological impacts, bushfires and flooding (plans and programs to be prepared and approved);
· monitoring and reporting on environmental impacts after each trial event.
In addition, the PAC recommends approval for phasing in two smaller events per calendar year, one starting with a maximum of 10,000 patrons and the other starting with a maximum of 15,000 patrons, scaling up to 15,000 and 25,000 respectively in the final year.
Outdoor events following the trial period will require a further approval from the Council under Part 4 of the EP& A Act. Council must assess any such application in light of the performance of events during the trial and may approve up to 35,000 patrons per event.
The Stage 2 works must be completed before any events are held after the trial.
For a full report on the approval read Echonetdaily tomorrow.