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Objection to planning application WD/D/19/003181 Proposed Solar Farm

20th February 2020

Objection to planning application WD/D/19/003181 Proposed Solar Farm, Higher Stockbridge Farm, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6EP

The Sherborne and District Society (CPRE) strongly objects to this planning application on the grounds that it poses unacceptable harm to the landscape, the setting of heritage assets and the amenity value of this important part of the Blackmore Vale. CPRE Sherborne endorses the Government’s pledge to address climate change through all sensible means, including the expansion of renewable energy.

Equally, we support Dorset Council’s policy of seeking practical ways to combat climate change.

However, as the Government has itself stressed, any measures must be proportionate, and must be balanced against potential harm to the countryside, especially where the geography of a potential solar site suggests it would blemish the surrounding landscape. We refer to the Dorset CPRE Report on Dorset Local Authorities Renewable Energy Projections dated 30th June 2019 written by Dr David Peacock in support.

Please see below link to letter of objection submitted by John Newman, Chair, Sherborne and District Society.


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