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Solar farm for Clyst Hydon?

  • by JW

Devon CPRE and the Environment Agency object to the latest planning application – whereas Natural England do not object


Last month, these pages looked at the environmental impact of solar farms – looking at the proposals for a development at the East Devon village of Clyst Hydon:

Are solar farms good for nature? – Vision Group for Sidmouth

This is the dedicated website from the developer:

Paytherden Solar Farm

And this is the site from the local objectors:

Paytherden Community Views – Solar Farm – Clyst Hydon, England

With the full planning application here – including comments, whether supporters or objectors:

21/3120/MFUL | Construction of 49 MW solar farm, with permission being required for 40 years, comprising solar arrays, equipment housing, sub-station, fencing, CCTV, ancillary equipment, and associated development | Land Adjacent To Peradon Farm Clyst Hydon

Devon Campaign for the Protection of Rural England has objected:

The campaigning local environmental charity Devon CPRE has submitted a comprehensive 16-page objection to East Devon District Council, spelling out why a large solar development at Clyst Hydon should be refused (planning application 21-3120-MFUL). The charity’s latest objection to a solar farm in open countryside comes just weeks after it launched a Crowdfunder campaign to fight such applications across Devon...

In mid-December, Lightrock submitted plans for a 49MW solar power plant in open countryside next to Peradon Farm at Clyst Hydon. Devon CPRE says the scale of the solar array and its infrastructure would harm the landscape and environment for the whole of its 40-year lifespan, while also removing seventeen pasture and arable fields from food production.

Charity objects to ‘flawed proposals’ for solar farm – Radio Exe

Looking at those other comments on the application pages:

Talaton Parish Council objects 


Environment Agency position: In the absence of an adequate flood risk assessment (FRA), we object to the proposed development. 

No District or County Councillor has provided a comment to date.