Set-back in fight against Somerset solar farm

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Campaigners against a solar ‘farm’ near the famous Jack and Jill Hill at Kilmersdon, Somerset, have suffered a set-back.

INRG Solar Ltd has appealed to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government against Mendip District Council’s refusal of planning permission for a solar farm.  The developers want to erect about 25,000 solar panels on 35 acres of fields at New Tyning Farm, for 25 years.

We are backing our member the Jack and Jill Hill Preservation Society in opposing the scheme.

We were elated in January when Mendip Council refused permission for the development, because it would cause ‘significant environmental harm and would provide no local economic benefit’.  Now we find the fight is not yet over.

Land close to Jack and Jill Hill of nursery-rhyme fame could be submerged beneath solar panels.  This quiet landscape is loved by local people and visitors for the peace and beauty which it offers.  The panels will be an eyesore, and will be visible from local footpaths which connect with national cycle route 24 between Bath and Eastleigh, Hampshire.

Anyone who wishes to object should contact who will coordinate the responses and provide further information.


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