AUSTRALIA - The Environment Protection Authority has temporarily 'stopped the clock' on Baiada's 2.5-million bird broiler farm planned for Manilla, 45km north-west of Tamworth.
According to ABC, Tamworth Regional Council says the EPA wants more information before completing its submission on the proposed 70-shed development, which is spread over five independent farms.
Director of Planning, Jackie Kruger, says additional modelling data is required in relation to odour and dust concerns, delaying the assessment of the proposal by Council staff.
Public submissions closed on 3 March.
Ms Kruger says the EPA is working with Baiada Poultry to get the extra information needed.
"The EPA is working directly with the proponent because this is an integrated development [and] the EPA will be considering the application and then giving general terms of agreement," she said.
"The EPA did get hold of us within the first 25 days of seeing the application and indicated to Council it was likely to ask for further information, which them temporarily stops the clock while that further information is sought."
Both the Environment Protection Authority and the NSW Office of Water have sought additional information from Baiada.
Jackie Kruger says she can't say how long it will be before the development goes before Council for a decision.
But she says the process cannot proceed without the two reports.
"Once that gets done, and we've given Baiada the opportunity to reflect on all the submissions that have come from the public, the [DA] will then be in a position to go to Council, if the two state agencies have given general terms of agreement," Ms Kruger said.
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