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Appeal: Special circumstances not proved for Walsall solar farm proposal

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Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused permission for a 3.6 megawatt solar farm in Aldridge, Walsall, after ruling that the harm to the green belt was not outweighed by the scheme’s benefits.

Javid said the footprint of the development would be extensive and that the change from undeveloped agricultural land would have a significant adverse effect.

He also agreed with the inspector that the narrow width of this green belt location is highly characteristic and that the loss of openness caused by the scheme would be potentially far more harmful in this context than on a similarl.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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