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Appeal: Clark refuses solar farm on land use and wildlife grounds


Communities secretary Greg Clark has supported an inspector’s decision to refuse permission for a solar farm in Ormskirk, Lancashire, after finding the scheme to be inappropriate in its use of agricultural land, position in the green belt, and non-compliance with Habitats Regulations.

Inspector Richard McCoy noted that there was no dispute between West Lancashire Borough Council and the appellant, Green Switch Developments, that the scheme constituted inappropriate development within the green belt. Clark agreed that the proposal would represent a “major incursion of built form into the countryside”, and would be a striking stand-out feature in a landscape otherwise char.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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