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We have objected to a planning application for a solar farm on open countryside near Dalton- in-Furness, Cumbria. The applicant, New Energy For The World, wants to develop about 30 acres and the scheme will be highly visible from the many well-used public paths in the area.
Says Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary: ‘This is a fascinating and attractive area rich in industrial history from the former iron-ore mines. It is criss-crossed with public paths which are much used and enjoyed by the public. The sun factory will be a ghastly eyesore for all who walk these ways.’
Says Jean Yool, a member of the Open Spaces Society and spokesperson for the residents’ group Stop Dalton Solar Farm: ‘We really value the support given to us by the Open Spaces Society in our opposition to the development of a 30-acre solar farm in the countryside around Dalton in Furness. This is a beautiful part of the countryside and contains a network of well-used footpaths.
‘We are not against renewable energy but we think the solar collectors should be more sensitively placed, for instance on industrial rooftops or where the land cannot be used for anything else. The green fields around Dalton are valued by the local community and are totally the wrong place for this type of development.’
You can sign the Stop Dalton Solar Farm petition here.