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27/01/2016

Appeal: Solar park refused owing to impact on public footpaths

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The Department for Communities and Local Government has supported an inspector’s decision to refuse planning permission for a 32-hectare solar farm in Steyning, West Sussex, after finding that the proposal would unacceptably impact on scenic views from several public footpaths.

The site lies within the immediate vicinity of the South Downs National Park. Greg Clark agreed with inspector David Rose’s assertion that the “introduction of a visibly new ‘feature’ and its uncharacteristic regimentation would appear markedly out of place in the receiving landscape”, although he found that with appropriate mitigation the effects on the outlook of this designated are.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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