Mendip Council rejects solar farm in Somerset beauty-spot

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Mendip Council has refused permission for a solar farm at Kilmersdon, near Radstock in Somerset. The Pegasus Group wanted to erect about 25,000 solar panels on 35 acres of fields at New Tyning Farm, for 25 years.

We backed our member the Jack and Jill Hill Preservation Society in opposing the scheme. The society was concerned that the development would be an eyesore in this lovely area. The site is close to Jack and Jill Hill, named after the nursery rhyme and therefore popular with visitors. It is visible from the local footpaths; these connect with national cycle route 24 which runs from Bath to Eastleigh in Hampshire.

We are highly relieved that Mendip Council has refused permission because the development would cause ‘significant environmental harm and would provide no local economic benefit’. This is a lovely, unsung, part of Somerset, much enjoyed by local people and visitors for the peace and beauty which it offers. We are pleased that those qualities will remain intact.

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