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We are delighted that plans by INRG Solar Ltd, for 25,000 solar panels at Tynings Farm, Kilmersdon, Somerset, have been rejected by a planning inspector. We backed our member, the Jack and Jill Hill Preservation Society in fighting the scheme.
The developers appealed against Mendip District Council’s refusal of planning permission and inspector John Wilde has dismissed the appeal.
The plan was to erect 25,000 solar panels on 35 acres of fields at New Tyning Farm, for 25 years.
The panels would have been highly visible from the public paths in the area, and would have smothered land close to Jack and Jill Hill of nursery-rhyme fame. They would have been an alien intrusion in this quiet landscape.
The inspector was forthright in rejecting the application in part because of the likely visual impact, from near and far. He considered that the arrays would be a manmade intrusion into the rural landscape.
The society is delighted that this industrial development has been rejected and congratulates the Jack and Jill Preservation Society on its campaign.