“Two parish councils have bucked the trend of objecting to the schemes – by supporting them, despite considerable local opposition.
Eden Renewables has put in a planing application for a 220 acre solar farm at Leigh Delamere – just after it submitted another bid for the 200 acre site at Forest Gate.
Stanton St Quinton Parish Council voted unanimously to oppose the Leigh Delamere application followed by a unanimous rejection from Yatton Keynell parish council.
The Chair of the meeting roundly criticised Eden for their complete failure to engage or consult with anyone in Stanton St Quinton, which is on one of the proposed routes for construction vehicles to access the development site at Leigh Delamere.
Grittleton Parish Council also rejected the application. Most of the development site is within Grittleton Parish and in Kington St Michael, which voted for the move.
Eden was represented at the meeting by CEO, Harry Lopes.
One person at the meeting described his performance as: “… a faltering response which addressed none of the issues raised. His approach was to fob us off with appeals to the climate crisis.””
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Hinman, Niki. Gazette & Herald 3 August 2021.