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Solar farm public inquiry commences

A public inquiry which could help determine the future of solar energy developments in the Vale of Glamorgan and other parts of South Wales began yesterday, Wales Online has reported.

The inquiry into plans by London-based Lightsource Renewable Energy to erect 18,000 solar panels on land at Treguff Farm, St Mary Church, Cowbridge, is being held at the Civic Offices, Barry.

Representatives of an action group set up to fight the Treguff Farm plans, were expected to give evidence to the inquiry.

The group’s case is that a solar farm development at Treguff Farm would spoil an unspoiled rural landscape.

The protesters say greenfield sites like Treguff Farm are unsuitable for such solar farm developments which should be built on brownfield sites.

The company says the scheme is “consistent with national and local policy.”

The scheme that will be under the spotlight at today’s public inquiry is a revised version of a plan that was refused planning permission by councillors.

It involves siting 14,916 photovoltaic solar panels on the land, a reduction from 17,831 in the previous application.

Residents argue that a solar panel farm of such size would significantly harm their quality of life.

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