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Appeal: Solar farm would harm special qualities of AONB

Solar Farm

Plans for a 4.9MW solar farm on the Somerset Levels have been rejected after an inspector ruled that the development would harm views north of Mendip Hills, one of the AONB’s ‘special qualities’

The solar farm, set in 14.2 hectares of fields, would produce enough energy to power 1,020 average UK households – and offset around 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions – each year. Inspector B Hellier, assessing the appeal, referred to both local and national policy frameworks in his report, which advise that renewable energy developments should be supported as long as they........
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