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Please support solar park near Clyst St. Mary

Please support solar park near Clyst St. Mary

Solstice Renewables is developing a 5 MWp solar park at Shepherds Farm, Clyst St. Mary, east of Exeter, with its growing demand for renewable electricity. It would generate enough to power the equivalent of 1,515 average homes, saving 2,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

This proposal is being re-submitted after the original planning application was refused. Whilst staying within the same boundaries, the new proposal has removed all solar panels from the higher grade (Grade 2) agricultural land, which can continue to be farmed as before. The remaining land would also continue in agricultural use, initially with sheep grazing in winter and establishing wildflower meadows to improve biodiversity in summer.

How to support

Please take just a few minutes to stand up for renewable energy and show your support. There are three ways you can do this:

  1. Comment directly on the East Devon District Council website – click here. You will need to register first.
  1. Send an email to the planning officer, HJohnson@eastdevon.gov.uk with a copy to planning@eastdevon.gov.uk and quote the planning reference 14/2952/MFUL. It helps if you include your name and address to show you are local.
  1. By post. Quote the planning reference 14/2952/MFUL and send your letter to: Planning West, East Devon District Council, Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8HL.

What to say

It is best if you use your own words, however if you are short of time you can copy and paste the following points.

  1. The site will make an important contribution to local and national renewable energy targets and carbon emissions cuts.
  2. There is no visual impact from the solar park, which will be well-screened within the surrounding landscape.
  3. The land will remain in agricultural use with sheep grazing, and the applicant has responded to previous concerns by removing the panels from the higher-grade land.
  4. The site will bring a welcome enhancement to local ecology and biodiversity, in particular boosting pollinators like bees and butterflies which have been in worrying decline recently.
  5. By supplying renewable electricity directly to Crealy Adventure Park the solar park will help to make an important local business more sustainable and support the local economy.
  6. The local community will benefit from a fund of £5000 a year with an additional £2000 allocated to local schools for educational benefits.

Thank you for your support – please help spread the word to other supporters of renewable energy. Find out more about the plans here.