Concern over 70 acre solar panel site near Exeter
Robert Palace had just got use to a massive new town being built on his doorstep when planners came up with another nasty surprise.
Mr Palace and his wife Tina who live in a 200-year-old house, in the tiny hamlet of Crannaford, near the fast growing Cranbrook estate, has just found out he is in line to be surrounded by 70 acres of solar panels.
The restauranteur – the couple run the popular Red Wing Bar and Restaurant in Lympstone – says if given the go-ahead the thousands of solar panels will be a blight on the landscape.
"Notice of the application for planning permission just dropped through our letter box. We had no notice whatsoever that this was happening.
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"We have 40 acres of solar panels just two miles up the road, near the site of the proposed new secondary school for Cranbrooke and now they want another 70bn acres.
"It would come right up to our property on a raised field so we would have to look out on it . It is a blight on us and a blot on the landscape.
"Of course not many people live out here so it will be difficult to raise objections but we are very much against the idea."
A spokesman for East Devon District Coucnil said: "The application was received and validated a few days ago. We cannot yet estimate when it may be determined. In the meantime, the public are invited to submit comments online or by post."
The application has been lodged by MS Power Project Ltd which was formed just over a year ago.
Its business activity is recorded as Development Of Building Projects with one shareholder owning all the shares in the company. It is not part of a group.
In December 2012 it was reported that MS Power Projects Limited want to put 16,000 solar panels on 18.5 acres of farmland at Norton Hall in Mickleton near Chipping Campden, raising local concerns over flooding.