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Appeal: Solar farm's benefits fail to outweigh damage to green belt

Solar power

Plans for a 13.9 hectare solar farm on agricultural land near Solihull, West Midlands, have been blocked because they lacked the ‘very special circumstances’ required for green belt development in the area.

In her report, inspector Anne Jordan reviewed the numerous potential benefits of the development. Its most obvious benefit would be the supply of renewable energy: the farm would produce up to 8.5MWh of electricity a year, equivalent to the consumption of around 2,575 homes. This would add diversity and security to the local power supply, to combat climate change and move towards a low-carbon........
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