Mapperton Solar Farm Review Won't Be Challenged
2:12pm 28th April 2014
Campaigners say the "fight's not over" despite energy developers bowing out of a legal challenge to build a solar farm in Mapperton.
Good Energy wanted to put up around 30 panels across 175 acres of land that's owned by South Dorset MP Richard Drax.
The area that equates to the size of 110 football pitches would've been one of the biggest solar farm sites in England.
Campaigners won a judicial review after East Dorset District Council agreed for the build to go ahead.
Good Energy isn’t going to contest the review and is expected to go back to the drawing board and submit another proposal in the future.
The Dorset group, Campaign to Protect Rural England, (CPRE), feared allowing the Mapperton application to go ahead would open up other areas of Dorset to similar schemes.
Rupert Hardy from the group says that, while it supports renewable energy, this scheme is too big and in too prominent a position;
"This scheme was huge it was vast, 174 acres, in unspoilt countryside on good agricultural land. I must emphasise the vast majority of solar farms scheme we're (CPRE) not objecting too."