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Appeal: Loss of BMV land contributes to solar farm refusal


Communities secretary Greg Clark has backed an inspector’s refusal of a solar farm and associated works in Hutton, Essex, due in part to the scheme’s use of best and most versatile (BMV) land.

Inspector Robert Mellor asserted that while there was a relevant appeal decision made by the secretary of state where the loss of grade 3a BMV land for solar development was not regarded as “significant or permanent”, this decision was not comparable as the current appeal involved the loss of considerably more grade 3a land, the site being made up of 85 per cent 3a and 15 per cent 3b.

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