Angry Residents Oppose Solar Farm Near Mapperton
9:41am 23rd October 2013
Up to 500 people have objected to plans to build what could be the UK's second biggest Solar Farm in a Dorset Parish.
Close to 30 panels would spread across land the size of 110 football pitches in Mapperton. The 174-acre solar 'farm' is proposed on land near the home of South Dorset MP, Richard Drax.
The Dorset group, Campaign to Protect Rural England, (CPRE), fears that allowing the application to go ahead could open up other areas of Dorset to similar schemes.
The group says that, while it supports renewable energy, this scheme is too big and in too prominent a position.
"We need energy from renewable sources, but there is no point avoiding climate change if we wreck our precious landscapes in the process. If it is refused it will deter further similar proposals," said CPRE Vice Chairman Stephen Howard.
He says that the solar 'farm' should not be located in the middle of an Area of Great Landscape Value and will take up good quality agricultural land.