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31/03/2016

Appeal: Clark disagrees with inspector over New Forest solar farm

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Communities secretary Greg Clark has disagreed with an inspector’s decision to grant permission for a ‘ground-mounted solar array’ in Lymington, within the New Forest National Park, after determining that not enough weight had been given to the National Planning Policy Framework’s (NPPF) aim of conserving the landscape and scenic beauty of National Parks (NP).

Clark considered inspector Robert Mellor’s reasoning that the mitigating screening effects of existing and proposed planting would render the impact on landscape character to be moderate-minor to minor (adverse). But the secretary viewed that greater weight should be given to the inspector’s assessment that the “manufactured and industrial character” of the panels and other structures w.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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