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We have objected to a planning application for a massive solar-installation close to Frome in the Somerset countryside. This follows our objections to similar schemes at Doulting and Kilmersdon, Somerset, earlier this year. We don’t object to all such developments but we do so when they adversely affect public access to, and enjoyment of, an area.
Here we are concerned that the development, which consists of 22,000 panels, deer fencing and a substation, would be visible from the public footpath which crosses the fields towards Critchill Farm, and from the surrounding high ground. It would suburbanise this landscape, covering a stretch of fields for over a mile alongside Marston Road.
In the planning application it is euphemistically called a ‘solar park’. In fact it would be a slab of development in attractive countryside. Its unnatural colouring and the glint and glare from the panels would destroy the peaceful beauty of this spot.
We are backing our member, Friends of Stop Little Sharpshaw Solar, in urging Mendip District Council to reject this damaging scheme.