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Appeal: National grid stability eclipses local plan conflict

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A battery energy storage facility near Hook in Hampshire has been given planning permission, after an inspector ruled that the stability of electricity supply in the area outweighed local countryside development policy.

The site is located beyond the settlement boundary of Hook where, according to the Hart District Local Plan, development will not be permitted unless provided for by other policies and it will not harm the character of the countryside.Inspector Patrick Whelan ruled that the plan’s renewable energy policy did not specifically cover the proposal. The main point of contention was therefore........
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