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Appeal: Javid overrules inspector to block Cornwall solar farm

Secretary of State Sajid Javid has overturned an inspector’s decision to approve a 5MW solar farm in Cornwall, ruling that the scheme’s reversibility after 30 years did not mean it would be perceived as ‘temporary’ by local people.

The proposal sought permission for 17,540 solar panels covering an area of 5.9 hectares, near the village of Fraddam in Cornwall. It was originally blocked by Cornwall Council, which cited harm to local landscape character, loss of best and most versatile agricultural land (BMV), and disruption to the occupants of nearby Goldstephen House.Inspector Paul Griffiths recommended that the appeal........
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