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Appeal: Solar farm allowed despite harm to listed First World War aerodrome

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An inspector has allowed plans for a solar farm in Chelmsford, Essex, after ruling that the public benefit of renewable energy outweighed harm to the listed Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, which is of historical and architectural significance.

The aerodrome, situated “a good distance” from the proposed solar farm, is the “largest known surviving group of Royal Flying Corp buildings from the First World War”, having been abandoned in 1918 and not adapted for other uses since. The individual buildings that comprise it are "rare survivors" of considerable architectural and historical interest. 

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