Solar farm passes relevant tests to secure permission

A solar farm on 52ha of land in Buckinghamshire was approved, an inspector being satisfied that there were no more suitable sites and the impact on the landscape and heritage assets would not be significantly adverse.

A survey of the site confirmed that the vast majority of the land was grade 3b, the inspector noted, and consequently it was not of the highest quality. The council, based on an alternative site assessment undertaken by the appellant, agreed that agricultural land would be required to accommodate the scheme and although the site would be seen from the Chilterns escarpment the panels would be difficult to discern with the naked eye. Existing and proposed hedgerows would contain the development and limit views, she decided, and it would not undermine local landscape character or the amenity of residents. A comprehensive archaeological and heritage assessment also demonstrated that no significantly adverse impact on the setting of various assets would result.

Inspector: Jessica Graham; Written representations

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