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01/09/2017

Appeal: Kent solar farm opposed by MP is refused permission

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Proposals for a solar farm that could power 2,750 homes near Maidstone, Kent, have been blocked after an inspector decided that protecting the ‘sensitive landscape’ and nine surrounding listed buildings took priority over the need for renewable energy.

The proposal was made as part of a hybrid application that straddles two authorities: the solar array itself was dismissed by Maidstone Borough Council, and an accompanying “temporary compound” to facilitate the scheme”s construction was refused by Tunbridge Wells Council. The scheme was opposed by a number of local people, including local MP Helen Grant, on the grounds that i.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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