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We are opposing an ugly solar ‘farm’ in the New Forest National Park.

The site of the proposed solar farm

The site of the proposed solar farm

Last year the national park authority rejected a planning application from MTS Exbury Solar Ltd for a solar farm on nine hectares of land east of Lepe Farm, Exbury. The applicants have appealed and the hearing is to be held at Lymington Town Hall on Wednesday 13 January at 10am.

We object most strongly to this despicable proposal and congratulate the national park authority on its resolute stance.

The development would conflict with the purposes of the national park, which are to protect the natural beauty and promote the enjoyment of its special qualities. There is nothing natural about a solar farm and it would be a severe blot on the landscape.

The ruination of these nine hectares would destroy 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.

The society is supporting its member, the Exbury and Lepe Community Group in opposing the plans.

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