Council rejects solar panel farm plans

A CONTROVERSIAL scheme to set up a 20,000 solar panel energy farm on the outskirts of a Hampshire town has been scuppered.

Members of Test Valley’s northern planning committee unanimously rejected the plans on 26 acres of arable land off Somborne Park Road, south-east of Stockbridge.

This was despite officers recommending that the scheme be approved.

Officers said the proposals would provide renewable energy which would contribute to reducing climate change and they felt it would “create a less than substantial harm” to nearby Green Place.

However, councillors had serious concerns about the impact the proposed hill-top development would have on the National Trust-owned Stockbridge Down and especially grade two listed Green Place, built in 1906 and designed as a holiday home by renowned architect and artist Mackay Hugh Baille Scott

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4:42pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Stillness says...

Oh my! Visible from a holiday home. No wonder it was rejected.
Oh my! Visible from a holiday home. No wonder it was rejected. Stillness

7:47pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Bagamn says...

To hell with supplying the rest of the world with power, we must not upset one poor soul who might occasionally uswe a house in the area. This character is only paying 50% Council Tax on a second residence. What a bit of a cheek! I bet he's got friends in the lodge.
To hell with supplying the rest of the world with power, we must not upset one poor soul who might occasionally uswe a house in the area. This character is only paying 50% Council Tax on a second residence. What a bit of a cheek! I bet he's got friends in the lodge. Bagamn

8:53pm Fri 30 Nov 12

derek james says...

even if only for the reason it upsets freethinker it's worth it!
even if only for the reason it upsets freethinker it's worth it! derek james

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