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Appeal: Southwaite solar farm approved despite rural view value dispute


Anesco Ltd has been given permission to develop a solar farm near Southwaite in Carlisle, after an inspector found that Eden District Council had acted contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework in its assessment of landscape value.

Inspector Bern Hellier found that owing to intervening vegetation and the undulating nature of the land the two fields that comprise the appeal site are “remarkably well screened”. He also found that some of the traditional rural character of the site had been lost through the introduction of the M6 motorway, modern farm buildings, three wind turbines and a telecommunications mast.

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