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We have objected to a planning application for a solar farm at Agden in Cheshire, close to the Shropshire border. The application from Lightsource SPV 34 Ltd threatens 40 acres of open countryside close to a number of public rights of way.
This industrial development will wreck people’s enjoyment of the public paths in the area, most notably the bridleways which form the celebrated Bishop Bennet way through south-west Cheshire. People come here to enjoy the rural nature of the landscape, not to walk and ride past eyesores.
Nearby Whitchurch is a Walkers Are Welcome Town which attracts visitors who want to walk in lovely countryside. The development may deter people from coming and thus harm the rural economy here.’
Says local OSS member Louise Doyle: ‘The development will also affect a bridleway and public footpath which the applicant intends to use as an access route, for the next 30 years. They will be fenced off and flanked with CCTV cameras, making these routes really unpleasant.’
Cheshire West and Chester Council has yet to determine the application.