John Nettles could LOSE planning battle over UK's biggest solar farm

John Nettles could LOSE battle over UK’s biggest solar farm: Council is set to green-light 76,000 solar panels despite opposition led by Bergerac star

  • Bergerac actor John Nettles among objectors to huge solar farm plans in Devon
  • Scheme would see 76,000 solar panels on four pieces of land including 28 필드
  • Critics of the development say the area already has a large amount of solar farms
  • Mr Nettles, 77, who has a country home nearby has called the concept ‘hideous
  • Midsomer Murders actor John Nettles could lose the battle to scrap plans for one of Britain’s biggest solar farms which are set to be green-lit tonight.

    Torridge Council has been advised by planners to give the green light to the mile-long scheme on fields at Derril Water, near Pyworthy, 데본, despite strong objections.

    Among those fighting the plans is 71-year-old actor Mr Nettles, the star of the hit TV detective series Midsomer Murders, who moved to the area around a decade ago and has a smallholding near the site.

    The Bergerac star has presented a short video campaigning against the scheme, saying there are already six solar farms in the area, including Devon’s biggest on 109 acres at Pitworthy.








    Actor John Nettles is trying to kill plans for a huge solar farm near his home in Pyworthy, 데본

    Local campaigner Mike Godfrey is leading a group of residents as they protest against plans to build a new solar farm in near the village of Pyworthy, 데본

    Actor John Nettles has joined a campaign led by Mike Godfrey (권리) to kill plans for one of the UK’s largest solar farms on a large stretch of land in Pyworthy, 데본, near the actor’s home

    Mr Nettles also says that ‘local residents feel enough is enoughand that the scheme would ‘desecrate the pastoral vista in this part of Devonand turn it into an ‘industrialised landscape’.

    Describing the plans as ‘hideous’, 배우, who keeps donkeys and horses on a plot of land near Holsworthy, 추가: ‘People need to understand the enormous scale and visual impact of these solar farms.

    The application will be presented to the planning committee at a meeting this evening, 십일월 4.

    The plans for 164 acres of farmland also received more than 200 반대, including from the two parish councils, and the countryside charity Devon Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

    The applicant, RES Energy Ltd, wants permission for 40 years for the 66.33 hectare site, equal to just under 164 에이커. 사진: Concept images show the wide-spanning solar farm plans

    The applicant, RES Energy Ltd, wants permission for 40 years for the 66.33 hectare site, equal to just under 164 에이커. 사진: Concept images show the wide-spanning solar farm plans

    The proposal for the structure with nearly 76,000 panels would span 66 hectares, becoming the largest solar farm in the county. 위 사진: An existing solar farm in Pyworthy, 데본

    The proposal for the structure with nearly 76,000 panels would span 66 hectares, becoming the largest solar farm in the county. 위 사진: An existing solar farm in Pyworthy, 데본

    The scheme from RES Energy Ltd is for nearly 76,000 solar panels on four pieces of land including 28 fields covering around a mile from end to end.

    The panels would be surrounded by more than five miles of security fencing, 85 CCTV cameras on poles and 15 substations in industrial containers.

    The application was submitted to Torridge District Council in March and a statement on behalf of the company says the proposals include measures to enhance the landscape and increase biodiversity.

    It adds that the development would be able to generate enough electricity to supply around 12,100 주택, displacing 18,608 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and ‘contributing to the UK’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050’.

    The company argues the site is mostly on lower grade agricultural land, which would be taken out of crop use but could still be used for light grazing, and it would be returned at the end of the life of the solar farm

    Developers say the scheme would generate enough electricity to supply around 12,100 주택, displacing 18,608 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and 'contributing to the UK's 2050 target'

    Developers say the scheme would generate enough electricity to supply around 12,100 주택, displacing 18,608 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and ‘contributing to the UK’s 2050 표적’

    The solar energy industry says the UK needs to triple capacity by 2030 to meet its carbon reduction targets.

    Devon CPRE is urging the committee to refuse planning permission due to the loss of farmland for 40 연령, and the ‘industrialising effect on the landscape’.

    Only a mile from Upper Tamar Area of Great Landscape Value, they say more than seven square miles of agricultural land have already been developed for solar farms and plans for several other massive solar installations are yet to be decided.