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[23/3/16]
Lower Blakemore Farm Solar Park Planning Appeal Dismissed
The Planning Inspectorate has today issued its decision re the appeal made by New Energy For The World GmbH under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against the decision of South Hams District Council to refuse to grant planning permission (application Ref 23/2373/14/F, dated 29 August 2014) by notice dated 18 June 2015 for the proposed development of the installation of ground-mounted solar arrays on land at Lower Blakemore Farm, Harberton.
The appeal has been dismissed. The Planning Inspector's full decision notice can be downloaded and read here:
www.harbertondevon.co.uk/misc/3135465appealdecision.pdf

[12/11/2015 village e-circular]
Lower Blakemore Farm Solar Planning Application goes to Appeal
The developers of the solar farm at Lower Blakemore Farm have recently decided to appeal against SHDC's decision in June to refuse the plaaning application. More information can be found on the Planning Inspectorateís website https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?Caseid=3135465&CoID=0.
A crowd funding website has been set up in relation to the appeal: www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/harberton-solar.

[June 2015]
Planning application refused by SHDC.

Full Planning Application
(on SHDC website where all the detailed information can be found under the 'Application Details' tab):
http://apps.southhams.gov.uk/planningsearch/default.aspx?shortid=23/2373/14/F

Website of the Campaign Against the Harberton Solar Industrial Estate (CAHSIE):
www.cahsie.org.uk

[27/9/14]
The following planning application was registered on 24/9/14:
http://apps.southhams.gov.uk/planningsearch/default.aspx?shortid=23/2373/14/F
Final date for submission of comments is 22/10/14.

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The development company held a public consultation on Tuesday 8th July 2014 2-6pm Harberton Parish Hall:
Lower Blakemore Farm solar park proposal public consultation Tuesday 8th July 2-6pm Harberton Parish Hall
(agent's letter, PDF download, 4MB)

[4/7/2014 village e-circular]
Solar Farm Public Consulation - Tuesday 8th July 2pm to 6pm - Harberton Parish Hall
"Coming To A Field Near You? Have Your Say.
New Energy for the World GmbH is holding an exhibition to air its plans to develop a 24.5 acre solar factory on the outskirts of Harberton [Lower Blakemore Farm].
This note has been prepared by the Campaign Against the Harberton Solar Industrial Estate (CAHSIE).
Our group has already pinpointed statements in the developerís exhibition invitation letter that need to be explored in detail. To do that, we need your help.
We know that the developerís timing is difficult, but if you possibly can, come along and have your say. Your views will count. Members of CAHSIE will be at the exhibition from the start and happy to chat about the developerís proposals.
www.cahsie.org.uk"

[4/6/2014 village e-circular]
As many of you will be aware from a flyer delivered to the village recently, there is a developing proposal to site a 24.5-acre solar park approx. three quarters of a mile to the NW of the Harberton centre. A new page on
www.harbertondevon.co.uk will, for example, give links to relevant publicly accessible information concerning the proposal, including initially the "Request for EIA screening opinion for proposed Photovoltaic Park" [EIA = environmental impact assessment] which has just appeared on the SHDC Planning website at http://apps.southhams.gov.uk/planningsearch/default.aspx?shortid=23/1306/14/SCROP (*) and the website of the Campaign Against the Harberton Solar Industrial Estate www.cahsie.org.uk. The Harberton website page (and village email circular) will aim to give notice of relevant dates in the planning process, public consultations, public meetings etc. but will not itself carry any comments about the proposal.
(*) NB This is not an actual planning application at this stage (which according to SHDC Planning is the reason the 'Map View' tab does not show the site in question. Relevant documents (which include the site location) will be found under the 'Associated Documents' tab.