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To: Local MPs and Borough Councillors

Don't spoil the Vale of Belvoir

Don't spoil the Vale of Belvoir

Refuse the planning application for the installation of a solar farm close to Barkestone and Plungar in the Vale of Belvoir, Ref. No: 20/01182/FUL.

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Why is this important?

Two of our local MPs, Alicia Kearns and Robert Jenrick are campaigning to have the Vale of Belvoir recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) but, at the same time there is a planning application to cover over 74 hectares (over 183 acres, or 743,000 square metres) in solar panels (this petition does not take into account a second proposed solar farm between Muston and Bottesford).

How it will be delivered

By email

Melton Mowbray, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • The key issue for me is the scale of this solar farm (one of the biggest in the country) and its undoubted impact on the beauty of The Vale and its wildlife, some of which are endangered species (particularly with the farm's proximity to a Site of Special Scientific Interest. But consider also the impact on: arable land; house prices; walkers and cyclists; breach of National Planning Policy Framework guidelines; roads through Granby; and duration of the change (40 years).


2020-12-03 12:08:47 +0000

I mentioned the National Planning Policy Framework earlier, which states that:
“Planning policies and decisions should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment by a) protecting and enhancing valued landscapes, sites of biodiversity or geological value and soils and b) recognising the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside.” (para 170)
“Great weight should be given to conserving and enhancing landscape and scenic beauty in …. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty ….” (para 172)
“The scale and extent of development within these designated areas should be limited. Planning permission should be refused for major industrial development.” (para 172)
“If significant harm to biodiversity cannot be avoided, …. adequately mitigated or as a last resort compensated for, then planning permission should be refused.” (para 175)
“Development on land within or outside a Site of Special Scientific Interest …. should not normally be permitted.” (para 175)

2020-12-03 11:55:10 +0000

I thought some of you might want to hear what Alicia Kearns has to say about The Vale of Belvoir as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so here's a short video:

2020-12-02 20:29:25 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-12-02 18:24:04 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-12-02 17:38:54 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-12-02 16:04:24 +0000

10 signatures reached

2020-12-02 15:58:53 +0000

I wanted to add so much more to my reasons for starting this petition, but the space is limited! So I'm planning to use these updates quite a bit.
First, I wanted to say that, of course, I realise how important it is to replace our dependence on fossil fuels for the sake of the environment, and what a vital role wind and solar power are playing in this. But I am at a loss to understand why such a vast solar farm (and I can not stress just how vast this proposal is!) has to be placed in such a beautiful location. It's not a case of 'not in my back yard' (NIMBY), but a real desire to protect a potential Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and its wildlife.
I'm hoping to publish a list of the endangered species here shortly, along with updates of other actions being taken to protect the Vale of Belvoir.
If you have similar views, please leave a comment on Melton Borough Council's planning site: