THE Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel has deferred its decision on a proposed aviation training college at the Glen Innes airport until a preliminary contamination assessment is provided.
The development application is for a staged development of the Emmaville Rd site for an aviation training college including:
* Accommodation for up to 600 students, commencing with about 100 students and expanding over a five-year period,
* Teaching facilities and dining and recreation facilities,
* A control tower, hangar and hardstand area for aircraft parking, and
* Above-ground fuel storage units, car parking and rainwater tanks.
The proposed development also includes a three-lot subdivision and the demolition of existing site structures.
Chairman of the northern regional panel, Garry West, said it had reviewed the development application and considered it could not be determined without an assessment of potential contamination in accordance with the State Environmental Planning Policy No. 55 – Remediation of Land.
“Council will need to prepare a supplementary report once this information is provided, which the panel will then consider at a further public meeting,” Mr West said.
The development application has been referred to the regional panels because the proposal is for council-related development that has a capital investment value of more than $5 million.