The land, which is in my Devon County Council ward, is also in the East Devon area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

The proposal is for more than 33,000 panels to be installed for a 25 year period, with associated buildings and infrastructure.

The AONB team say that the application would “significantly alter the landscape character of this location”

And: “erodes the intrinsically rural nature of the countryside in this sparsely developed area.”

EDDC’s landscape architect takes a similar view.

Devon County Council highways department recommends refusal on the grounds of not enough information supplied about access, off-street parking, and on-site turning facilities.

But Sidmouth Rural EDDC ward member, Chris Wale, believes the impact on the AONB is overstated, and priority should be given to the renewable energy scheme..

The decision will take place at next Tuesday’s (10 December) development management committee. 

See the officer’s report and comments here from page 211 – http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/combined_dmc_agenda_101213.pdf

Photograph by Sid Vale Association:  View from Sidmouth looking towards East Hill.