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The New Forest National Park Authority’s planning committee has unanimously rejected plans for an ugly solar ‘farm’ in the national park.
The application was from MTS Exbury Solar Ltd for a solar farm on nine hectares of land east of Lepe Farm, Exbury. The society sent an objection to the national park planning authority urging it to reject the application.
We are delighted that the committee has so resolutely refused the application. Such a development would have conflicted with national park purposes, particularly in this sensitive location.
The development would have ruined people’s enjoyment of the Lepe Loop, an attractive five-mile walking route on coast and through countryside, promoted by Hampshire County Council. It would also have set a damaging precedent.
We supported our member, the Exbury and Lepe Community Group in opposing the plans.