Solar farm approved, Pyworthy

Update: the application was passed 5 votes to 4.


Locals are up in arms about a planning application for a photovoltaic farm in Pyworthy. The proposed 42MW photovoltaic (PV) solar farm with 76,000 solar panels, all ancillary grid infrastructure and associated works(more than five miles of security fencing, 85 CCTV cameras on poles and 15 substations in industrial containers) is for land At Monks Farm and Trelana, Pyworthy, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6LJ, close to the Cornwall border. Reference is 1/0249/2021/FULM. Councillors on the planning committee will consider a 47-page report from officers which recommends approval at a meeting on Thursday, November 4.


So far, there are 219 public comments, of which 212 are objections, including Devon CPRE whose campaign is being spearheaded by actor John Nettles.

Actor, John Nettles (77) says:

 ‘Enough is enough. People need to understand the enormous scale and visual impact.

‘The giant new project at Derril Water would desecrate the pastoral vista in this part of Devon, turning it into an industrialised landscape of solar panels and security fencing.

‘It would ruin 164 acres of pasture for at least 40 years. Decision-makers… have failed to take into account the carbon footprint of manufacturing 76,000 solar panels on the other side of the world, transported and installed here. They are simply not low-carbon.’

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